Alcohol, drugs, inexperience, speeding, wet and icy roads can all contribute to an accident. If computers controlled vehicles, they could sense and anticipate road conditions and objects around them, helping to avoid accidents, the study showed.
If just 10% of all vehicles in the U.S. were self-driving, the number accidents each year would be cut by 211 000; 1 100 lives would be saved; and economic costs would be cut by $22,7B.
Several automaker are working to free humans from the need to drive: GM, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Audi, Volvo, and others have their own projects, not to mention Google.
There are many issues to resolve with autonomous vehicles: Could automakers prevent hackers from getting into onboard computers? And who would be liable in the event of an accident in a self-driving car?
Anyway this transformation is already happening...