Driverless Cars: Where do we draw the line?

I was just reading the Rand paper titled “Autonomous Vehicle Technology – A Guide for Policy Makers” when I found one line that stood out: “We think that the guiding principle for policymakers should be that AV technology should be permitted and encouraged if and when it is superior to average human drivers.”  In theory, I love this concept.  In practice, I would imagine that it’s pretty tough to evaluate and measure.  That being said, if this principle could be followed, it may provide a great message for all of those people out there saying “I don’t trust technology.”   They may trust it more when they realize that, while not perfect, it’s better than the majority of the drivers out there.

About Lauren Isaac

Lauren Isaac is the Director of Business Initiatives for the North American operation of EasyMile. Easymile provides electric, driverless shuttles that are designed to cover short distances in multi-use environments. Prior to working at EasyMile, Lauren worked at WSP where she was involved in various projects involving advanced technologies that can improve mobility in cities. Lauren wrote a guide titled “Driving Towards Driverless: A Guide for Government Agencies” regarding how local and regional governments should respond to autonomous vehicles in the short, medium, and long term. In addition, Lauren maintains the blog, “Driving Towards Driverless”, and has presented on this topic at more than 75 industry conferences. She recently did a TEDx Talk, and has been published in Forbes and the Chicago Tribune among other publications.
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