Does it matter if a driverless car crashes?

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Does it matter if a driverless car crashes? As long as, on average, they crash less than cars with human drivers, or the crashes are less serious / cause fewer or less serious injuries, are they not still preferable? It strikes me that some expect driverless cars to be perfect when, to my mind, the appropriate standard is just “better”. Neil

Correct of course, but a driverless car is a computer. We get annoyed when computers fail and we tend to accept failings of people more graciously. We also have an over-sensitivity to vehicles that can kill us such as planes. I suspect that the next few years of driverless cars will be filled with sensationalistic reporting and hype at a level we have never seen before.

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