Op-Ed: How the CA Teamsters Are Wrong on Robotaxi Safety

Data shows that AVs reduce accidents by 85%

May 7, 2024

Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich is out with a new op-ed on autonomous vehicle (AV) safety, correcting assertions by the California Teamsters that AVs are “destructive.” The new op-ed cites a wave of research comparing AVs and human drivers on safety measures. Recent studies shows that AVs reduce car crashes with an injury by 85 percent.

Read the op-ed in the LA Daily News.

“The data doesn’t lie: mile for mile, autonomous vehicles are safer than human drivers by almost any metric,” said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich. “It’s not hard to understand why – AVs never drive drunk, distracted, or over the speed limit. And with every mile they’re on the road, they’re getting even safer.”

In March, Chamber of Progress released new research showing that, if California were to allow the full statewide deployment of autonomous vehicles, AVs could prevent thousands of local traffic fatalities and injuries. 

In another recent study on job growth and AVs, Chamber of Progress found that, with the right regulatory framework, California could be a leader in job creation in the AV industry, which is projected to create over 110,000 jobs in the next 15 years.


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