Opportunities and challenges for the safety of autonomous cars

Over 1.2 million people die in traffic accidents every year, according to the World Health Organization. Additionally, tens of millions sustain injuries or are left with permanent disabilities. Most of the accidents that cause these dramas are due to human error. Alcohol, drugs, tiredness at the wheel or simple distractions end up as terrible tragedies for those affected and their families. The artificial intelligence incorporated into autonomous cars could prevent 90% of these accidents, according to Professor Iyad Rahwan of the MIT Lab. [read more…]

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