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When It Comes to Safety, Autonomous Cars Are Still 'teen Drivers'


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Credit: Edgar Snyder & Associates

Tech giants and carmakers have poured massive amounts of money and effort into developing cars that can drive themselves. But before Google, Tesla, Uber, and others can persuade humans to share their streets with bots, they have to prove this technology — although definitely still learning and maturing — doesn't amount to flooding U.S. roadways with dangerously adolescent robot drivers.

"Sometimes I hear [the] industry talk about autonomous vehicles as though they're about to put the safest driver on the road," says Nidhi Kalra, senior information scientist at the nonprofit RAND Corp. "The reality is it's more like putting a teenage driver on the road."

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