Could we accept robots killing people instead of people killing people?

As early as late next year, autonomous U.S. trucks could be driving solo…

A study this month from the RAND Corporation, a California-based think-tank, says introducing autonomous vehicles sooner rather than later, even before self-driving trucks are perfected, could save thousands of lives each year.

“Our work suggests that it is sensible to allow autonomous vehicles on America’s roads when they are judged to be just moderately safer than having a person behind the wheel,” said RAND’s Nidhi Kalra. She says waiting longer will kill thousands of people unnecessarily.

After each crash, the entire fleet would have its software adjusted, gradually perfecting the safety of robot vehicles. The complication is that crashes would continue to happen.