Car manufacturers and technology companies alike are working tirelessly to bring autonomous vehicles (AV) to this nation’s roads, with states like California, Texas and Arizona already along for the ride. With promises of fewer accidents, better commutes and improved rider comfort, it’s no wonder the AV market is expected to grow tenfold by 2026.
The field, however, is not without its detractors.
In March 2018, an autonomous Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. This tragic incident was the first of its kind and, paired with dozens of accidents involving AV, has eroded some of the confidence community members have in these futuristic vehicles navigating their roadways. Concerns from politicians, city/county managers and community members will inevitably make it to your desk as the fire chief. You must be ready.