The talk was refreshingly candid about where we are with self-driving cars. Everyone wants to reduce the global death toll of 1.2 million from car accidents annually, but how do we get on the path to vehicles that are virtually incapable of crashing? There’s a lot of cheerleading out there, and vague talk about vehicles being on the road in a year or two. “In truth, we’re a long way from autonomous cars,” Pratt said. “We can perform reliably at certain speeds, and under certain weather conditions. But what we’ve accomplished are the relatively easy things.”
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