Self-Driving Cars Are Safer Drivers Than You Are

Self-Driving Cars Are Safer Drivers Than You Are

There's no question that driving a car carries a lot of risk. In 2016, there were more than 38,000 traffic deaths in the US. More than 90% of traffic accidents are caused by human error. But are self-driving cars the answer? Is the task of driving simple enough to be programmed into software and hardware, or are there real human decisions that need to be made in order to get from point A to point B safely? Delve into the dilemma of man vs. machine below.

How Do Self-Driving Cars Work?

Here's what you can expect in the cars of the future.

The Social Dilemma of Self-Driving Cars

If your self-driving car had a choice between killing you or killing two pedestrians, which should it choose?

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Key Facts In This Video

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    90% of vehicular deaths are due to human error. (0:05)

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    Autonomous cars may have to choose which human life or lives it should save. (1:03)

How Safe Are Self-Driving Cars?

2016 saw its first fatality from a self-driving car. What does this mean for the technology's future?

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Key Facts In This Video

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    A man was driving a Tesla car in autopilot mode when a truck made a left turn in front of him. The car didn't stop and went under the truck, killing the driver. (0:27)

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    Tesla's autopilot feature is the most advanced of its kind available right now. Here's how it works. (1:01)

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    According to Tesla, this is the first fatality in more than 200 million km that users have driven with autopilot enabled. (2:18)

The Future of Driverless Cars

Hear about the technology coming down the pike, plus the most cutting-edge obstacle course you've ever heard of.

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