Descendants of this generation will look through time and view traditional driving as archaic. Similar to the transition from horse and carriages to cars in the 20th Century, the evolution from human-steered vehicles to autonomous cars will be equally disruptive—requiring a holistic ecosystem to drive development and causing a monumental, structural transformation of a large percentage of the global economy. While the automotive industry would like to make a driverless reality come to fruition sooner rather than later, safety remains a major hurdle for the autonomous transportation ecosystem to clear before self-driving cars are predominant on our roads.
Globally, nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, totaling more than 3000 deaths a day. To make present-day vehicles and the self-driving cars of tomorrow even safer, the autonomous transportation ecosystem, including automotive manufacturers, technology companies, AI (artificial intelligence) providers, policy makers, and academia, must create a solution equal in scale to the challenge. Vision Zero, the goal of no loss of life caused by vehicles, must be the aim if autonomous deployment hopes to reach its full potential.