This being August—the season of summer festivals, barbeques, and road trips—it is time to focus on the latest statistics underlying recent indications that Canadians and Americans are not getting the message about impaired driving.
On Friday June 24th, 2016, shortly after 9:45 pm on Toronto’s Highway 400 just south of Sheppard Avenue West, 12 vehicles, three of which were tractor-trailers crashed into one another in the southbound lanes. A fire engulfed one of the tractor-trailers and two of the other vehicles. Four people were killed.
Recently, Road Rules prefaced an article about the ethical issues raised by self-driving cars by noting their potential to almost eliminate crashes. Lately we have been reminded in the most dramatic way possible of this need for qualification by news of the first fatality in a vehicle being piloted autonomously.
Self-driving cars, also called autonomous vehicles (AVs) will smooth the flow of traffic which, in turn, will reduce collective power train energy consumption and whatever emissions, if any, from engine tailpipes.