The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Self-Driving Cars: Pros and Cons for the Public's Health

Episode Summary

No longer the stuff of science fiction, driverless cars already are being tested in numerous U.S. markets. These autonomous vehicles may revolutionize the automotive world, potentially reducing human error, reshaping transportation systems and transforming the country’s roadway infrastructure. However recent deaths linked to self-driving technology have caused concern about safety and have raised questions about whether the field is moving too quickly. In this Forum, experts reviewed current technology, regulation, realistic long-term plans, and the risks and benefits of a driverless future. This Forum event was presented jointly with NBC News Digital on May 4, 2018. Watch the entire series at ForumHSPH.org.

Episode Notes

No longer the stuff of science fiction, driverless cars already are being tested in numerous U.S. markets. These autonomous vehicles may revolutionize the automotive world, potentially reducing human error, reshaping transportation systems and transforming the country’s roadway infrastructure. However recent deaths linked to self-driving technology have caused concern about safety and have raised questions about whether the field is moving too quickly. In this Forum, experts reviewed current technology, regulation, realistic long-term plans, and the risks and benefits of a driverless future.

This Forum event was presented jointly with NBC News Digital on May 4, 2018.

Watch the entire series at ForumHSPH.org.