Safety First – Autonomous vehicles take out the biggest risk

Written by Frank Kroon on Aug 17, 2019

Written by Frank Kroon

3 years ago

According to the German traffic accident statistics published by the Federal Statistical Office of Germany (Destatis, 2018), over 98% of traffic accidents are caused, at least in part, by humans . Similarly, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 94% of serious vehicle crashes in the US are caused by human error (NCSA, 2015, p. 142). Therefore, introducing automated driving poses great potential for reducing crash rates. However, there are also major challenges in realizing the full safety benefit of automated driving in order to achieve the target of a “positive risk balance compared to human driving performance”, as recommended by the German Ethics Commission in June, 2017 (BMVI, 2017).

 

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