Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have created a great deal of excitement in recent years. It has been touted to reduce both traffic accidents and insurance costs, not to mention the convenience when taking a long road trip. At one point, almost every automaker was testing autonomous driving. Intel, together with BMW, even went on stage in one of Intel’s developers’ conferences proclaiming that robot cars would be commercially available by 2021, though no details were given. Ford made similar claims.
Then, accidents happened.