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Last night, I was involved in a car accident when a car in front of me stopped suddenly. I reacted as quickly as I could. I was banged up a little, but I was able to walk away from the accident a bit dizzy. (I had hit my head on the door frame.) Fortunately, my son fared better. The car, however, is likely totaled.

All of this got me thinking: could a self-driving car have fared better? I’m not 100% sure either way. On one hand, an AI based system would’ve detected the stopped car faster and applied the brakes a fraction of a second sooner. The only question is: would that have been enough? How would autonomous cars handle bad human drivers and their poor decisions?

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