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

I am the Manager of Transportation Sustainability at Parsons Brinckerhoff. Recently, I won the William Barclay Parsons fellowship for my research proposal to study how the United States government should respond to driverless cars. As I'm working on my research, I thought this blog would help to disseminate my findings and provide a forum for feedback.
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