There's no such thing as self-driving cars yet, and a spate of scary incidents could hurt their chances of ever existing
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- Autonomous vehicles promise safer roads and more freedom. But they're not ready to drive themselves yet.
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Thanks to advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, humans are on the cusp of being removed from the driver seat. But as drivers are asked to do less, they are becoming more complacent - and complacency breeds danger.
Why it matters: Autonomous vehicles promise safer roads and more freedom for the poor, the elderly and the disabled. But they're not ready to drive themselves yet. Some people are relying too heavily on their car's automated features, resulting in avoidable crashes and dangerous incidents that threaten to undermine public confidence in self-driving cars.
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