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November 14, 2017


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Autonomous Vehicles: How Safe is Safe Enough?

Just how safe do autonomous vehicles (AVs) need to be before they go on the market is a crucial question for policymakers. How safe is safe enough?

To answer that question, RAND researchers Nidhi Kalra and David Groves are helping policymakers decide when to put driverless cars on the road.

The researchers found that introducing autonomous vehicles when they are just better than human drivers—as opposed to nearly perfect—could save hundreds of thousands of lives over 30 years.

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