Automakers and tech companies are racing to get the first self-driving car on the road.
Ford, GM, Tesla, Lyft, Google, and more all have plans to have some form of autonomous car ready for commercial use within the next five years. In fact, it's estimated that by 2030 driverless cars could make up as much as 60% of US auto sales, according to Goldman Sachs.
While companies all have their own reasons for investing in this technology, they all agree that one of the biggest benefits of autonomous cars will be improved safety.
How, might you ask, is a car with no human driver, no steering wheel, and no brake pedal safer than the cars we currently drive?
Well, it all comes down to the tech used to enable autonomous vehicles.