The count is 3 deaths now. Two others before the most recent one in Phoenix were blamed on the driver and the person driving the other car. All should be attributed to the self-driving car failing to prevent the accidents. All the testing is in controlled routes, not on complex routes with more interaction with other cars, pedestrians and bicyclists. Plus, every time test drivers must take control is recorded, but not reported as an accident prevented. That’s how bad the reporting is.
The basic flaws of self-driving cars are simple enough: The technological hurdles are plainly insurmountable, therefore they will never be completely safe. They won’t decrease traffic congestion, fuel/energy consumption nor emissions sufficient to prevent worst harm from climate change. They are most unlikely to reduce travel-related cost of living. They won’t take full advantage of the benefits EVs offer and the technology is supported for all the wrong reasons; to bust transit operator and teamster unions; to give freeway planners an excuse to predict worsening traffic can be managed with reckless tailgating; to maintain most profitable but least resilient regional utility grids which separate EV household systems are proven more complementary. The most telling aspect of self-driving car folly is eliminating ownership whereupon all cars are kept in central garage locations and dispatched on demand. Never mind that in a grid failure, every household with an EV in the garage gains a backup power supply. Never mind any emergency where a car is needed immediately, not one that may arrive too late. Self-driving car tech completely denies those safety features and pretends “mass tailgating” won’t produce horrific multi-car pileups. Self-driving tech in many ways puts safety dead last.
Elon Musk’s hyperloop and single-lane highway tunnel ideas are utterly pretentious nonsense. The Tesla as well is more of an energy hog than a practical and effective application of EV technology.