Artificial intelligence in the form of autonomous vehicles is relatively new in terms of public access – driverless cars started surfacing in the 1980s, but have only recently become a popular and achievable concept for public use.
Aside the issue of ‘robots’ taking 30% of jobs by 2025, there’s also the impeding topic of safety, which is a discussion that raises many questions – especially in a world where, according to National Safety Council statistics, your odds of dying in a motor vehicle accident are 1 in 88 (behind only heart disease, cancer, and stroke.)
Driverless Cars: A Utopian Concept?
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.
How Safe Are Driverless Cars?
Not only are we expecting it, we should be overjoyed at the coming revolution in driverless cars. Let’s take autonomous vehicle manufacturer Tesla as an example. Tesla has enjoyed 130 million miles accident-free, compared to the average American record of 94 million miles per fatal accident and the global figure of 60 million miles per fatal accident. This ratio makes the Autopilot in Tesla’s cars undoubtedly safer than the average vehicle.
The day is becoming increasingly more likely – and closer – when 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.
You can learn more about the future of automotive vehicles with this infographic from Dryve
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