Without New Regulations, Self-Driving Cars Could Make Our Transportation System Even Worse
By YONAH FREEMARK OP-ED
Op-ed: In the decade or so before driverless cars roll out en masse, lawmakers must take the time to develop regulations that maximize their benefits and minimize their harms.
Autonomous vehicles (AVs), or self-driving cars, have enormous potential and could transform the surface transportation system. By allowing drivers to become passengers, AVs could give hundreds of millions of people around the world hours of time back. If they’re safer than human drivers, AVs could save the lives of thousands of people now killed on the roads every year in the U.S. And if they’re affordable to use, AVs could expand access to people in communities far from accessible transportation — while opening up mobility to people who are now left out, from the young and old to people with physical disabilities.