Where next for car technology?
Automotive technology waits for no driver. Every day, manufacturers are investing millions of dollars and a gargantuan effort into developing the next technological innovation that will set new models apart from anything that has gone before.
That is why we’re now talking about autonomous cars as a realistic proposition rather than a utopian concept, the stuff of sci-fi movies. We should be overjoyed at the coming revolution in driverless cars.
Computers, AI, and sensors will replace human drivers. While not perfect, they should certainly err less frequently than carbon-based life forms. In 2015, there were 35,092 deaths from road crashes in the U.S. (roughly 10 per 100,000 population). Worldwide, that number is 1.3 million. In addition, there are an estimated 20-50 million non-fatal injuries or disabilities annually. And 9 out of 10 of them are caused by human fallibility. Arguably, no other cause of death is capable of being eliminated as effectively as replacing human drivers with driverless cars.
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