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The Important Safety Feature Autonomous Vehicles Overlook: Humans

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William Mulcahy
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Technology may be advancing rapidly when it comes to autonomous vehicles, but humans still make the cut.

At least that s the finding of a new report about safety challenges that highlights the importance of driver behavior.

While autonomous vehicles have the potential for tremendous safety benefits, they will be sharing the road with traditional driver-operated cars for many decades, perhaps forever, according to

"The research and media attention given to autonomous vehicles often overlooks the safety implications that a mix of driver-operated and autonomous vehicles will bring, Dr. James Hedlund, a former senior official with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and author of the report, said in a statement.

Unfortunately, ignoring the driver side of the equation may negate many of the expected safety benefits," he added.

The report noted that the public remains skeptical of the vehicles.

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