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What should be done to make self-driving cars safe?

self-driving car.jpegSelf-driving car makers have every reason to plow full-speed ahead toward a profitable future when U.S. roads are clogged with autonomous, driverless vehicles. However, can we expect driverless vehicle makers to safely self-regulate when they have so much to profit from getting their cars on the road?

The dangers of daydreaming behind the wheel

The disturbing rise in distracted driving accidents in Missouri and around the country is often blamed on the popularity of portable electronic devices, but the results of a recent study from Erie Insurance suggests that being lost in thought while behind the wheel actually kills and injures far more road users each year than cell phone use. The Pennsylvania-based auto insurer came to its conclusions after analyzing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System gathered over the last five years. The results of the study were released on April 3 to mark the beginning of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

How humans can make autonomous cars dangerous

Some safety advocates in Missouri may be eager for the future of autonomous driving technology. According to a professor from Arizona State, however, human developers could be passing down their unsafe driving habits to these self-driving vehicles. In March, an Uber test car in self-driving mode hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. The car likely didn't see the victim because it was too dark to detect anything.

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