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Friday, September 20, 2019 at 12:15pm
With nearly 40,000 fatalities a year on our highways, motor vehicle fatalities are a major public health issue. Safety experts estimate that more than 90% of crashes involve human error, and the theory is that if the human driver were replaced with automation, this tragic loss of lives would largely be eliminated. While this theory is overly simplistic, automation can potentially save tens of thousands of lives a year in the U.S. alone.
This presentation begins with lessons that the autonomous vehicle (AV) industry could learn from decades of automation experience in aviation. Then, noting that automation on our streets and highways will be far more complex and challenging than automation in aviation, the presentation also describes several automation issues that the AV industry will face that have not already been encountered in aviation.
In view of the public skepticism about AVs, the AV industry needs to pay more attention to these aviation and other automation issues in order to avoid unnecessarily delaying the implementation of potentially life-saving AV automation.