USC educator: Potential benefits of self-driving cars “tremendous”

-THE STATE, 12 FEBRUARY 2016, FEAT. PROF. BYRANT WALKER SMITH:

Bryant Walker Smith is an assistant professor of law at the University of South Carolina. The university’s website says he is an internationally recognized expert on the law of self-driving vehicles. He previously led the legal aspects of automated driving program at Stanford University, according to USC.

Smith answered questions from The State about the development of driverless vehicles.

Q. Why is the world exploring and developing automated, or driver-less cars?

A. The potential benefits – while by no means inevitable – are tremendous. Safety: Driving is a leading cause of death in this country, in fact ‘the’ leading cause for young people into their 20s. Mobility: Today’s transportation system is woefully inadequate for people who can’t drive because of age, disability, or income. Efficiency: Today’s transportation system also wastes time, space, money, energy, and the environment. Automated driving could help address these problems. And, like past innovations from motor vehicles to the internet, it will create opportunities – and, yes, challenges – that are unimaginable today. <Read More>