Self-driving fatalities to become more frequent in the years ahead

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Sad news out of Tempe, Arizona: a self-driving care has struck and killed a pedestrian.

Self-driving fatalities will become more frequent in the years ahead. This is not a critique of the technology, but a hard truth. There are over 30,000 traffic related deaths in the United States every year. So, even if self-driving cars were 1,000 times safer than human drivers, they would still be involved in 30 deaths a year.

The current automotive death toll is important to keep in mind as we look at the safety record of self-driving cars. Would it be better to have self-driving cars kill 10,000 people a year or human-driven cars kill 30,000?

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