Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do
By Christopher Mims | Jan. 5, 2019 12:03 a.m. ET
The first time you encounter a fully self-driving commercial vehicle, odds are it will be delivering your groceries rather than ferrying you to your destination.
There are a number of reasons things are trending this way, including laws, physics, the nature of existing infrastructure, and the size of the addressable markets. But the chief reason, argue academics, analysts and the heads of autonomous-delivery startups, is safety. Protecting human passengers while avoiding accidents with other vehicles is much higher stakes…
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