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Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study


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The crash of a Waymo self-driving van in Arizona in 2018.

Researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety say self-driving vehicles are not equipped to handle some types of potential crash situations any better than people do.

Credit: ABC15 Arizona

Self-driving cars, long touted by developers as a way to eliminate road deaths, could likely only prevent a third of all U.S. road crashes, according to a study released on Thursday.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a research group financed by U.S. insurers, found the remaining crashes were caused by mistakes that self-driving systems are not equipped to handle any better than human drivers.

 

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