Safety, Infrastructure Will Decide the Near-Term Success of AVs

Improving consumer faith will be central to the success of self-driving vehicles — but so will building out more charging infrastructure.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The growth of self-driving cars will be driven, in part, by improving consumer faith that the vehicles are safe, and building out more electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“I would just caution my fellow car-makers and tech-makers from overpromising," said Brook Taylor, senior state regulatory affairs specialist with Mercedes-Benz. "We have a really golden opportunity right now to seize on a perfect storm of activity and create a new future for how we’re going to get around in vehicles. Let’s not screw it up. Don’t overpromise.

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