Estimating the Cost of Waiting for Nearly Perfect Automated Vehicles

How safe should autonomous vehicles be before they're introduced to market? To help answer this crucial question for policymakers, RAND researchers Nidhi Kalra and David G. Groves developed a model to compare 500 different scenarios of autonomous vehicle introduction, adoption, and improvement. The research shows that putting autonomous vehicles on the road sooner, allowing them to improve quicker, could save hundreds of thousands of lives over time.

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