, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 687–688 | Cite as

Are automated vehicles safer than manually driven cars?

  • Lionel P. RobertJr.Email author
Curmudgeon Corner


Are automated vehicles really safer than manually driven vehicles? If so, how would we know? Answering this question has spurred a contentious debate. Unfortunately, several issues make answering this question difficult for the foreseeable future. First, how do we measure safety? Second, how can we keep track of automated vehicle (AV) safety? Finally, how do we determine what is or what is not an AV? Until these questions are addressed, it will continue to be difficult to determine whether or when AVs might really be safer than manually driven vehicles.


Automated vehicles Autonomous vehicles Self-driving cars Vehicle safety AV safety Safe self-driving cars Safe automated vehicles Automated vehicle safety 


Curmudgeon Corner

Curmudgeon Corner is a short opinionated column on trends in technology, arts, science and society, commenting on issues of concern to the research community and wider society. Whilst the drive for super-human intelligence promotes potential benefits to wider society, it also raises deep concerns of existential risk, thereby highlighting the need for an ongoing conversation between technology and society. At the core of Curmudgeon concern is the question: What is it to be human in the age of the AI machine? -Editor.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information, Michigan Robotics Institute, National Center for Institutional Diversity, Michigan Interactive and Social Computing, MAVRICUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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