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July 19, 2018

Will autonomous vehicles drive into a safer future?

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PropertyCasualty360 – People are naturally afraid of change. When that change comes in the form of potentially relinquishing control over a basic function like driving, fear is accompanied by skepticism. For nearly every technological advancement in history — be it the electrification of homes, automobiles or space flight — reasons have been found why the change involves risk that should not be taken. In the end, however, all of these technological advances have produced benefits that have made us more comfortable, efficient and safe.

The accepted SAE International classification system for automated vehicles contains six levels from 0 (no automation) to 5 (fully autonomous). With the exception of testing environments, there are no vehicles on the road today that exceed Level 2. Level 3 vehicles may hit the road in late 2018.

To gain trust in the technology, it is important to distinguish between automated (levels 1-3) and autonomous or driverless vehicles (levels 4-5). The basic difference is the degree of human intervention.

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