Humans drive better than self-driving cars, but only in some conditions

Autonomous driving is something that has been pursued for years, but it has not yet arrived. The truth is that it is already a reality in some places and that in a couple of cities in the United States there are fleets of robotaxis circulating freely on the streets. However, the controversy has been served after they suffered accidents with injuries, which raise doubts about their viability. Now we have received a complete study on their behavior and it leaves us with conclusions such as that the humans drive better than self-driving carsbut only under certain conditions.

Nature has been in charge of analyze more than 37,000 accidents which involved autonomous cars and also human-driven vehicles. Specifically, they corresponded to 2,100 accidents involving vehicles with level 4 autonomous driving technologies (a driver is not necessary) and also level 3, with another 35,113 accidents involving cars driven by humans. The data taken came from the state of California and other studies related to autonomous driving. Is difficult to draw conclusionsbut some significant details were seen.

In general, it was seen that autonomous cars They are less likely to suffer accidents than those driven by humans. For example, those with Level 4 autonomous driving are 36% less likely to have an accident with moderate injuries and 90% less likely to suffer a fatal accident. This technology is the best and has proven to be Reduce rear-end collisions by half and a fifth the sides or exits of the road, with respect to humans.

These are apparently good figures for autonomous cars, but there are also worrying details. According to experts, level 4 autonomous vehicle accidents should not be combined with level 2 accidents driven by people. They work differently and also reason differently, not to mention that the former are not legal everywhere in the world. The self-employed also lost out in a couple of ways. Are more likely to suffer accidents at dawn and duskup to five times more than humans.

Not to mention that they are relatively bad in curvespractically doubling the possibility of accidents compared to humans. However, these reasons show the weak points of the technology and can help improve it. After all, it is need to improve technology so that it works in unfavorable lighting situations and that it takes more data on cornering behavior to “learn” to drive better.

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