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. Electric carmaker Tesla began selling a $3,000 “full self-driving” add-on to its Autopilot feature in 2016 — everything you need to drive without driving !– but still hasn’t turned it on. In 2012, Google’s Sergey Brin told “ordinary people” would have access to self-driving vehicles by 2017; the company is still gearing up for a very limited driverless taxi service this year. Volvo softly delayed a project that was supposed to set 100 Swedish families into autonomous vehicles by 2017.
No one wants unready tech on public roads, but for anyone who has bought into the technology’s promise to save lives, the postpone is a bummer. To put it very lightly. Almost 40,000 Americans died on the road last year. And a new analyse from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety receives ugly driving tendencies have hit one group especially hard: pedestrians. Nearly 6,000 pedestrian been killed in 2016, a 46 percentage leap over 2009. And if robots won’t save the bipeds, who will?
Your friendly carbon-based neighborhood traffic engineer can–and they don’t even need artificial intelligence or $75,000 laser sensors to do it.
“If there is too much emphasis on autonomous vehicles is solved, when widespread deployability is decades in the future and not next year, I think it increases the temptation to hope that the technology is going to save us, ” says Liisa Ecola, a transportation planner and senior policy analyst with the Rand Corporation. “Traffic safety is a big problem now and to dismiss the things we can do, I think, is a disservice to the tens of thousands of people who are killed every year in crashes.”
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So forget robots. Engineers and the public officials who dole out their paychecks can start redesigning streets to attain them safer. They can zoom in on their problem areas–is there a section of road where people keep getting hurt ?– and start fixing roads today.
is simply LA’s latest wild bid to bust traffic