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Google tests reveal autonomous cars are safer than humans

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Testing for Google's autonomous vehicles in Nevada and California has shown that they're smoother and safer than human drivers.

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Two separate studies of data from hundreds of thousands of miles indicate that Google’s cars accelerated and braked significantly more sharply when a person was behind the wheel. The driverless cars also maintain a safer distance from the vehicle ahead.

Google has been testing its autonomous vehicle technology on public roads since 2010, always with a human in the driver’s seat who can take over if necessary.

Source: MIT Technology Review