In Praise of Self-Driving Cars and Fender-Benders

By Elizabeth Garbee and Andrew Maynard Two weeks ago, a driver failed to yield to another vehicle making a turn at a cross street just minutes away from my office in Tempe, Arizona. The two cars collided, causing the one making the turn to roll on its side. Sadly, this kind of thing happens all the time. A colleague who lives in the neighborhood in which the crash happened told us, “That intersection has crashes weekly—and not just fender-benders. … [T]wo weeks ago, there was a car in our yard.” So why did this particular crash make the national news? It just so happened that one of those vehicles was driving itself. Read on