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Self-Driving Cars Are Getting Better. Are Human Drivers Getting Worse?

The promise of self-driving cars is not simply that of a pleasanter commute. It’s that they have the potential to save lives—lots of lives. Each year more than 30,000 people die on the road in the United States, with the vast majority of those fatalities attributed to human error. Globally the number is more than 1 million. These are statistics you hear often from the companies working most aggressively to automate the driving process, such as Uber and Tesla.
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