Monthly Archives: February 2016

National crash rate for conventional vehicles higher than crash rate of self-driving cars, report shows

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 8, 2016 – A new report, “Automated Vehicle Crash Rate Comparison Using Naturalistic Data,” performed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and commissioned by Google, shows that the crash rates for self-driving cars are lower than the national crash rate of conventional cars.

In this first-of-its-kind study, published today on the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute website, results show that when data is adjusted for unreported crashes and take into account accident severity, the national crash rate for conventional vehicles is higher than the crash rate of self-driving cars. Continue reading