Self-Braking Cars Are Involved in 40% Fewer Rear-End Crashes

You all are terrible drivers. Put computers in charge.

Cars that have auto-braking systems get caught up in far fewer rear-end crashes, and that’s no surprise, because rear-enders usually happen when people aren’t paying attention. A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that auto-braking systems reduce rear-end crashes by around 40%.

Self-driving cars won’t arrive on the market fully formed, ready to free our roads from the terror of projectiles piloted by distracted humans. They’ll infiltrate slowly, until one day we realize we haven’t touched the wheel in weeks. And we’ll be happy about it, because by then, autonomous car tech will have proven itself to be much safer.

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