Sunday, 17 October 2021

Self-driving cars will kill people – but also save lives, says Toyota chief

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TOKYO: Self-driving cars will kill people, but will save more lives than they take, according to Toyota’s research chief.

The frank admission from Gill Pratt, chief executive of Toyota’s Research Institute, goes against one of the main arguments for autonomous vehicles.

Supporters of driverless cars argue that a computer behind the wheel means an end to deaths on the roads, with human error to blame for almost all crashes.

However, Mr Pratt, who previously worked on robotics for America’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, argued that autonomous vehicles’ benefits will outweigh their drawbacks.

“It’s a societal issue,” he said on the sidelines of the Tokyo motor show. “Autonomous vehicles will…

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