tdgeek: 1. Self driving cars with sensors and algorithms galore will always be safer than humans. No tiredness, texting, being idiots, breaking road rules, not drink or stoned, not angry.
Not sure if I agree with this one. You comparing self driving cars to the absolute worst human drivers and then saying self driving cars will always be safer. You need to compare the best to the best.
IMO I dont see self driving cars ever being safer/better than the absolute best human drivers. Computers operate on a list of instructions. Every single possible variable will need to be pre-programmed, if said variable is not there then the car could end up doing something unexpected, or worse nothing. This could actually have far more sever results. An example could be a car hitting its brakes very hard in a tunnel causing absolute mayhem.
What about total destruction of computer at 100km/h? Or simply loss of power. A human can still try and compensate in such a situation. Ie, loss of power steering/engine power.