Consumer Alert: How safe are self-driving cars going to be in the near future?

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A subsidiary of General Motors recently unveiled the prototype for what it calls the car of the future. It is the Cruise Origin, and it is completely electric and fully self-driving.

It is so autonomous that it won't have a steering wheel or gas pedal.

One automotive consumer advocate finds the design a little frightening.

Scary or not, carmakers are increasingly betting on self-driving technology.

Ford is road-testing its self-driving vehicles, while Tesla says every car that rolls off its assembly lines now includes full self-driving hardware.

Self-driving technology is also popping up across the country.

In Arizona, the self-driving rideshare service, Waymo, will start sending some vehicles out for transport without humans inside the vehicle. Customers can choose to opt out of that feature.

In Connecticut, Stamford officials recently announced plans for a self-driving shuttle.

There have been numerous fatalities involving Tesla vehicles on autopilot. There were three last month alone.

Most experts say it's inevitable that self-driving cars will be safer than human drivers someday. But they say the technology is likely to get phased in, starting with very simple routes.

 

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