You’ve likely heard about automated or “self-driving” vehicles. There’s a lot of talk about how they’ll be safer, more convenient, and change how we get around.
But what’s the reality?
The Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are working to support the development of automated vehicle safety technologies because of their potential to save lives.
We know that 94 percent of all serious vehicle crashes are caused by human errors and choices. By helping people drive more safely through automated driver assistance technologies, we can prevent crashes and related deaths and injuries on America’s roads. One day, fully automated cars and trucks might make traffic deaths a thing of the past.
Let’s be clear: fully automated or “self-driving” vehicles aren’t arriving in showrooms tomorrow; they’re likely years, maybe even decades, away. What we’re experiencing is an evolution in vehicle safety that is leading toward cars and trucks that help us drive more safely.
To read more of the original article, go to NHTSA.