Autonomous systems are coming. In fact, they’re already here, thanks to Alphabet’s Waymo, Uber and smaller startups like Aurora , Embark Trucks and Voyage . Although there have a been a couple of fatal crashes involving autonomous software, the consensus seems to be that self-driving is still the way to go.
Last year, 37,150 people died in car accidents nationwide, according to a statistical projection from the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Worldwide, nearly 1.3 million people die every year, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel.
“The only plausible strategy that we have as a society to get to zero [fatalities] is driverless,” Embark CEO Alex Rodrigues told me at TC Sessions: Robotics last week. “It’s not plausible to get all the drunk or distracted or unsafe humans off the road. The only realistic way we can get to zero is driverless.” […]