Cars have come a long way since the first Model Ts left Ford’s assembly plant in Detroit, especially in terms of safety. First, there was the seat belt, then came better brakes and airbags.
Yet, a staggering 1.25 million people still die on world’s roads every year. That’s a depressingly high fatality count despite today’s cars being packed with hundreds of sensors and smart electronics.
Chris Urmson, the former chief engineer for Google’s Self-Driving Car Project, says there’s no hope in slashing the death toll on the road unless we solve the biggest bug in the system chain: humans. And he’s right because statistically speaking, the least reliable part of a car is the driver.
The solution to this problem is self-driving cars — vehicles with lots and lots of CPU power and special instruments.
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