After an accident in 2018 involving an Uber self-driving car where a pedestrian was killed in Tempe, Arizona, there has been some scrutiny over whether autonomous vehicles are safe.
The data seems to suggest that autonomous cars may be safer than cars driven by humans. Most car accidents are caused by human error. Autonomous cars can’t get distracted, get drunk, run red lights or text while driving, so there is already potential for increased safety over human drivers.
The Uber incident also appears to be partly caused by human error, as the person supervising the car was apparently distracted.