Self-driving cars are already less error-prone than human drivers, and our biases against them are based on emotions rather than facts, suggests Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic. Annually, 35,000 people die on American roads, which could be decreased significantly. The current general population does not yet feel fully at ease with self-driving cars becoming the main form of transport. Similar technology is employed on passenger planes, which pilot flights around 99% of the time. Humans need to overcome their mistrust of technology and welcome self-driving cars, which, while not flawless, can prevent many deaths.
The technology of self-driving cars doesn’t account for several factors that could endanger human lives, argues Paul Ausick of 24/7 Wall St. The software in these cars would need to be familiar with every single road on the map, no matter how much they are changed by weather or time. Snow covering an area could strongly affect this. Furthermore, in a time where hacking is widespread, driverless cars could be taken over and used to kill their passengers or in a terrorist attack against crowds. Before this technology can become mainstream, extensive testing needs to be done with regulations in place to ensure everyone’s safety.