Regulators are eager for driverless cars—and I might lose a bet
‘I thought there would be a lot more pushback than we’re seeing,’ said Caleb Watney, a policy analyst at a free-market think tank called the R Street Institute.
…As those advocates have pointed out endlessly in recent years, human-driven cars kill around 30,000 people per year, with 94 percent of those deaths being due to human error. It seems likely that self-driving cars could prevent most of those deaths. Which means, as Watney puts it, ‘every day we don’t have driverless cars is another 90 to 100 people that are potentially dying.’