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PETERS – Are self-driving cars a form of harm reduction?

UBER HAS SUSPENDED its testing of self-driving vehicles after a vehicle on self-driving mode hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona this week.

Small picture, it’s of course tragic for the person who died and her family.

But while some lamented that Skynet was finally rising up to kill us, a single fatality is the exception that proves the rule, so far: the rule that self-driving vehicles will be safer than those controlled by humans.

B.C. averages 285 fatalities in crashes per year.

A full 80 per cent of fatal crashes are caused by at least one of three contributing factors: speed, driver impairment or driver distractions.

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James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5866 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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