Waymo study claims robot drivers would prevent many fatal crashes

Waymo study claims robot drivers would prevent many fatal crashes

Waymo, which pointedly stopped using the term “self-driving” to describe its technology this year, has released a study intended to prove that its robot drivers are safer than humans.

Why it matters: With about 40,000 Americans dying in vehicle accidents every year, AV operators are trying to convince consumers and regulators that autonomous vehicles would make the roads safer.

What’s happening: Waymo, which operates a limited driverless taxi service near Phoenix, reconstructed 72 fatal accidents that occurred over the past decade in its geo-fenced operating area.

What we know: Waymo’s autonomous technology avoided or mitigated collisions in almost all cases.

Be smart: Waymo’s research is helpful, but not definitive.

Instead, they must be specifically programmed not just to obey laws but also to prioritize safety over speed and convenience.

The bottom line: AVs could be safer — and slower.

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