Driverless cars may already be safer than human drivers

Source: Understanding AI
by Timothy B Lee

“On August 10, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to allow Google’s Waymo and GM’s Cruise to begin charging customers for driverless taxi rides across the city. A week later, Cruise vehicles were involved in two serious crashes within hours of one another. The next day, the California Department of Motor Vehicles demanded that Cruise cut its driverless taxi fleet in half while these crashes were investigated. A few days later, New York Times reporter Cade Metz appeared on the Times’s flagship podcast, The Daily, to discuss these developments and the state of the self-driving industry. … ‘We don’t know yet whether it’s safer than a human driver,’ he said. But we actually do know a fair amount about the safety of driverless taxis.” (08/31/23)