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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

Read This: "The big moral dilemma facing self-driving cars"

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Even if you're not in the safety, automotive, or technology fields, chances are that you've heard something about self-driving cars. Self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles, are poised to dramatically change the way we move both people and products around our country. But deploying any new technology comes with risks, and the risk here is that the learning curve needed to fine-tune autonomous driving comes with the cost of human lives. Where's the balance between making a technology that has the potential to save thousands of lives available to the public and the need to make sure it's safe before it's adopted on a wide scale? This article from the Washington Post, "The big moral dilemma facing self-driving cars," neatly sums up some of the arguments for and against early use of technology like autonomous vehicles. 

As the article notes, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates 94% of road crashes are due to human error. Could autonomous vehicles, which communicate with other vehicles and infrastructure, eliminate the errors that occur when humans make the wrong decisions? And it's not just passenger vehicles: ambulances and semi-trucks could replace drivers with computers, which never get tired or text or eat or make phone calls. Of course all of this technology must be road-tested. So here's the question: push out new technology that might not be perfect and thus will make "mistakes", or keep the technology out of new vehicles until we know for sure it's foolproof?

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