Self-driv­ing cars? Yes, please

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Think­ing about it can drive you crazy,” Jan. 17 Dick Hilker col­umn.

Dick Hilker asks for a show of hands on how many of us would be will­ing to buy a self-driv­ing car. My hand is way up.

Au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dents are the fourth­lead­ing cause of death in this coun­try. The Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion says that high­way crashes alone have an an­nual price tag of around $871 bil­lion in eco­nomic loss and so­cial harm.

The truth is hu­mans are fal­li­ble; we drink, we get dis­tracted, we get sleepy, we ex­pe­ri­ence road rage and we just can’t see ev­ery­thing on a fast-mov­ing road with only two eyes. If smart cars can re­duce the num­ber of ac­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties on our roads, we all will ben­e­fit.

With all due re­spect to Mr. Hilker, if he wants to com­ment on tech­nol­ogy is­sues in the fu­ture, he might think about drop­ping the AOL e-mail ad­dress.

Colin Cal­la­han, Den­ver

Google’s self-driv­ing pro­to­type car is pre­sented dur­ing a May 13, 2015, demon­stra­tion at the Google cam­pus in Moun­tain View, Calif. Tony Avelar,

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