Sent to the New York Post, March 19, 2018
Re: (“Pedestrian killed by driverless Uber, rideshare company suspends program,” March 19, 2018).
Yes, we should be very concerned about the use of driverless cars. But if we are interested in a large improvement in road safety, let’s increase public transportation: Buses are 60 times as safe as cars, trains about 50 times as safe. The problem with this obvious solution is that the super-rich make no profit.
The fatality rate per billion miles driven for cars is 7.3, for buses, .11, for trains, .15.