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Drive ’Til You Can’t, Then AV Aids Kick In

The utopian vision of drivers relaxing while their cars drive themselves is a mirage. Instead of making it their mission to replace human drivers, automated-vehicle technologies should concentrate on helping those drivers cope with emergencies.
Drowsy Driver
Drowsy Driver (Image: Optalert)

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By Junko Yoshida

It’s time for the automotive and tech industries to rethink whether and why the public actually needs “self-driving cars,” aside from the need to please investors who poured billions into startups working on robotaxis and robotrucks. 

After several days last week in Brussels talking to throngs of automotive engineers at AutoSens, I had an epiphany. The whole auto industry might be looking at AVs through the wrong end of the telescope.

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