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Our Careless Rush toward Driverless Cars

Dry weather. Wide roads. Little traffic. An emergency backup driver at the wheel. Even under these optimal conditions, an autonomous vehicle ran down and killed Elaine Herzberg as she walked with her bicycle on a quiet evening in Tempe, Arizona. In my New York Times letter to the editor, I warn against too hasty a rush toward driverless mobility and suggest that investing in mass transit may be a better way to reduce traffic hazards on our most crowded roads and highways.