Self-driving Cars Don’t Crash as Much as Human-controlled Vehicles


Evidence is already starting to pile up that autonomous vehicles are pretty darn safe, but would you like to slap a number on it? Okay, we’ve got one: according to a study commissioned by Google itself, self driving cars get in one less crash per million miles driven than human-controlled vehicles. Or, in other words, a self-driving car is 27-percent less likely to crash over a extended period of time.

The study looked exclusively at Google’s self-driving test fleet, which — according to Google — have never been in an accident where the autonomous vehicle was at fault. According to the report, conventional cars suffer about 4.2 crashes for every million miles driven.

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SOURCE: Engadget, Sean Buckley