Are Self-Driving Cars Safe?

June 23, 2014 12:00 PM

Are Self-Driving Cars Safe?
" The idea of trusting a car to drive itself can be eerie. Though most of us rely heavily on complex technology, we’re also very used to glitches in our laptops and smartphones. And while it doesn’t kill us if Facebook freezes up, it can be a different matter if the computers governing a car aren’t operating perfectly.

But Google, a frontrunner in autonomous vehicle development, argues that it’s actually safer to have a computer at the controls. The vast majority of automobile accidents are due to human error, which Google says self-driving cars can eliminate.

The self-driving cars are fitted with sensors that detect lanes, stoplights, traffic and other obstacles, and link that information with GPS data. Google and several automakers have retrofitted everyday cars with this technology; Google has reportedly racked up 700,000 miles on a fleet of about a dozen cars. There have been two accidents in the Google fleet – one car was hit while sitting at a stoplight and another was involved in a crash while a human driver was operating it "

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