Monday, March 19, 2018

Driverless cars and road safety

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.

Stephen Krashen

The fatality rate per billion miles driven for cars is 7.3, for buses, .11, for trains, .15.  

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