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The Slow Drive Toward Automated Vehicles

MIN READApr 19, 2016 | 10:00 GMT

Computing programs for self-driving vehicles will be perfected eventually. It will take much longer for drivers in some countries to accept the new technology.
Computing programs for self-driving vehicles will be perfected eventually, but it will take much longer for drivers in some countries to accept the new technology.

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Humans are inefficient drivers, at times accelerating too fast, braking too late or otherwise using the vehicle in nonproductive ways. Drivers also contribute to the strain on public infrastructure, which requires government funds to repair and maintain. In crowded urban areas and on freeways, aging transportation networks and accidents contribute to delays and congestion. As global urbanization levels rise, so will congestion and its associated costs; more people usually means more cars on the road....

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