Today, a self-driving car caused the first fatality. It won’t be the last.
But let’s put things in perspective: In 2016, 37,461 people died on U.S. roads. That’s 102 deaths per day.
It’s hard to say whether a human driver or a computer is safer at this point. The best measure would be fatalities per vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
There were 1.18 deaths per 100 million VMT in 2016.