Maybe Self-Driving Car Ambitions Aim Too High; Trust Is Needed First, Researchers Say

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By Pete Bigelow

Greater safety benefits with self-driving cars would be achieved faster if automakers focused on establishing trust and ensuring cooperation between man and machine, rather than the distant prospect of fully autonomous cars curtailing crashes, say the authors of a white paper on self-driving vehicle safety.

The vast majority of traffic crashes—94%—are caused by human error and behavior, according to federal statistics. Self-driving vehicle proponents have used this as a rallying cry, arguing that traffic

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