How self-driving cars can gain the public’s trust

Better transparency and tighter rules could improve public trust in self-driving cars amid safety concerns involving Cruise robotaxis, experts tell Axios.

Why it matters: The big promise of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is that they could make transportation safer and more accessible for everyone.

But robotaxis are being tested and deployed in cities without residents’ explicit consent, and without much oversight.
So when problems occur, as in the case of Cruise, public acceptance becomes that much harder.
Catch up quick: General Motors-owned Cruise pulled its entire U.S. fleet of 950 driverless cars off the road after a San Francisco pedestrian was struck by a human-driven vehicle and then run over by a nearby Cruise robotaxi…

Meanwhile, the entire AV industry is grappling with the challenge of winning public acceptance.

Both Cruise and Waymo have published studies claiming to show that their driverless vehicles are safer than human drivers.
But safety experts say their research is flawed because it relies on limited or skewed data.

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