As a new technology, autonomous driving lacks corresponding laws, regulations and policies. Therefore, when a traffic accident occurs in an autonomous car, there will be disputes as to which party is responsible.
According to foreign media reports, last year there were data showing that autonomous vehicles have had 34 accidents in California since 2014, most of which are human. The latest data from regulators today shows that autonomous cars have had 54 new accidents in California in the past year, but one thing that hasn't changed is that most of these accidents are caused by human faults.
The data shows that 55 companies are currently licensed to test autonomous vehicles in California, and in the past year, the state has added 54 accidents involving self-driving cars. As shown in the above chart, of the total of 88 accidents in five years, only 7 were responsible for autonomous vehicles. Of the seven accidents, six occurred at the helm (traditional mode). That is to say, the accidents that actually occur in the automatic driving mode are only together.
These data show that unless autonomous vehicles magically replace all traditional American cars overnight, autonomous vehicles will have to drive side by side with humans. More importantly, they will have to share the road with pedestrians, cyclists and others. At present, the technology of self-driving cars does not seem to be advanced enough to deal with all of them.
This is why some companies deploy their first self-driving cars on specific routes or areas where cars face less uncertainty. For example, the autopilot startup Drive.ai started testing in Texas's office park, Voyage started out as a rider for residents of the retirement community , and May Mobility developed ferry services for the company and school campus.
Recently, artificial intelligence experts and former Baidu chief scientist Wu Enda have caused some controversy. He said that human beings should improve their behavior to get along safely with self-driving cars, instead of emphasizing the improvement of technology for self-driving cars.
But Peter Hancock, a professor at the University of Central Florida, points out that it is still difficult to compare the accident rate of autonomous vehicles with the rate of human driving accidents, although it is generally hoped that autonomous vehicles will be safer than human driving.
According to the report, in three of the accidents involving self-driving cars, humans deliberately attacked autonomous vehicles, such as hitting it or climbing onto the car.