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The Rise of the Robotaxis: Are self-driving cars already safer than human drivers?

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Waymo and Cruise have driven a combined total of over 8 million driverless miles. The two companies have reported 102 crashes, with most of the crashes being low-speed collisions that did not pose a serious safety risk and a large majority being the fault of the other driver. It will still take hundreds of millions more driverless miles to answer the question of whether driverless cars are safer than human drivers, but the evidence is starting to pile up.

But critics claim the California Public Utilities Commission  ignored significant safety concerns and voted 3-1 in favor of allowing GM subsidiary Cruise and Alphabet’s Waymo to expand their robotaxis to any hour of the day throughout San Francisco. One day later, 10 robotaxis abruptly stopped and jammed traffic for 15 minutes in San Francisco’s popular North Beach neighborhood. A week later, Cruise vehicles were involved in two serious crashes within hours of one another. The next day, the California Department of Motor Vehicles demanded that Cruise cut its driverless taxi fleet in half while these crashes were investigated.

We are still not sure we feel comfortably with a self-driving car system named “Waymo” .It seems the  fully automated is just  not ready for primetime yet , robotaxis and self-driving cars should be treated the same as any other vehicle: Assume they are driven by a mindless, distracted, reckless idiot, until proven otherwise.

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2 thoughts on “The Rise of the Robotaxis: Are self-driving cars already safer than human drivers?

  1. Driverless vehicles on the roads is just a crazy idea. I wonder how the insurance companies feel about insuring them.

  2. #RoboTaxiRights

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