How Self-Driving Car Makers Measure Their Own Progress

"Don’t expect that light-handed arrangement to change, says Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law who studies automated vehicle policy. These vehicles run complex software in a complex environment. Regulators and the public won’t have the expertise, resources, or time to fully understand how this all works, he adds. No company is likely to drive the number of miles it would take to offer statistical proof its creation is as capable (or more so) as a human. Which means everybody will have to take a leap of faith, or at least a hop, Walker Smith says. “It’s up to the company developing and deploying that technology to be worthy of our trust.”"