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Self-driving cars could save more than 21,700 lives, $450B a year

Lucas Mearian | Oct. 25, 2013
Autonomous vehicles could reduce the number of auto accidents each year by 4.2 million

Conversely, if just one out of 200 vehicles is autonomous, the impact would be "non-existent or greatly lessened."

There are still many issues to resolve with autonomous vehicles: How much of the functionality would be automated? Could automakers prevent hackers from getting into onboard computers? Will drivers accept computer-controlled vehicles? And who would be liable in the event of an accident in a self-driving car? All are potential stumbling blocks.

Self-driving vehicles "will be driving on our streets and highways within the next decade, but it is uncertain when they will comprise a substantial share of the U.S. fleet," the study said. "As long as...crucial questions go unanswered, the nation will be hampered in its ability to successfully plan for and introduce [autonomous vehicles] into the transportation system."


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