Auto-driving companies have criticized a study by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), according to which self-driving cars could only prevent a third of accidents in the United States. Companies expressed the opinion that the study underestimated the capabilities of autonomous driving technologies.
A study by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, published on Thursday, analyzed over 5,000 typical U.S. road crashes. As a result, scientists came to the conclusion that with the use of self-propelled cars, only accidents that could have occurred due to control errors and perception or limitation of the driver’s legal capacity could be prevented, which makes up about a third of the incidents.
Automotive industry representatives said their self-driving vehicles are programmed to prevent a significantly larger number of potential accidents, including those caused by more complex driver errors due to inappropriate or incorrect evasion maneuvers.
By taking these decisions into account, autonomous vehicles can avoid approximately 72% of accidents, said Partners for Automated Vehicle Education, a consortium of technology companies developing autonomous driving technologies.
In turn, the association of global manufacturers Alliance for Automotive Innovation indicated that even a third reduction in the number of deaths from road accidents is something to be proud of, but its members strive to achieve much more.
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