The Big Selling Point For Driverless Cars: Safety

Watching a car drive or park itself is a dramatic sight. It conjures images of a Jetsonian future, in which mobility robots whisk us to desired locations with a voice command.
But for the people who actually make and sell cars—automakers and their friendly neighborhood dealerships—the advent of driver-assist functions have a more practical purpose. “They want to sell more cars because cars are safer,” John Gartner, the leader for smart transportation research at Navigant Research, told me.