To Drive or Be Driven

Uber recently suspended its self-driving program in Tempe, Arizona, after one of their cars was involved with a crash with another vehicle. The Uber car was a Volvo XC90, the other, a Ford Edge. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured and the autonomous Uber car was not at fault for the collision. The ride-sharing giant was even able to resume business as usual the following week.

So there was another crash involving an autonomous vehicle — so what? It’s happened before and led some to believe that driverless cars don’t belong our streets. But this case deserves attention. The fact that the driverless car in this incident was not the to blame, as it has been in the past, is starting to support the claims that AVs can indeed be safer than regular cars.

It’s the perfect story to give credence to the data about driverless safety that’s recently emerged. And that data, such as what’s found in this infographic, “To Drive or Be Driven”, created by Auto Loan Solutions, hints that accidents like the one in Tempe occur more frequently due to human miscalculations.

The piece touches upon several topics, but its detailing of safety benefits is most striking. For those who haven’t seen safety reports on driverless cars, the numbers in this infographic could very well overturn their prejudices against AVs.