Autonomous cars and news coverage

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Another article in the news last week about an accident with an autonomous car. Another accident that was caused by the human drivers around the car, rather than the autonomous car. It seems a lot of the coverage is a bit biased highlighting the autonomous car rather than the fact the humans were at error.

There were 123,141 collisions in Canada in 2010 that resulted in personal injury. There were 2,227 fatalities due to car accidents. The thought is that autonomous cars would eliminate almost all of those personal injuries.

There seems to be a lot of fear surrounding the cars that is not based in fact. The fact is that human error is behind almost all car accidents and personal injuries globally.   There are staggering savings of life, health care resources, insurance premiums, and emergency services that will occur once human error can be eliminated from the equation.

The push to automate driving is understandable when framed in this perspective.