President Obama says self-driving cars could save tens of thousands of lives


Ahead of his administration's release of new rules for self-driving cars tomorrow, President Obama has penned an op-ed largely in support of the technology for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Self-driving cars offer "safer, more accessible driving," the president says, as well as allowing for "less congested, less polluted roads." The technology could also change the lives of senior citizens and Americans with disabilities for whom driving is difficult or impossible, he argues, as well as reduce the number of people killed in traffic accidents.

"Too many people die on our roads."

Much of the support for self-driving vehicles has come from the private sector — particularly from companies exploring the technology — but the president's...

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