No longer relegated to science fiction novels, self-driving cars are becoming more and more within reach. In recent years, companies as diverse as Google and Tesla have made high-profile forays into the realm of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. Their goal is to reduce the risk of accidents by taking human error out of the equation.
Nobody thinks of themself as a bad driver. We all assume it's the others on the road who drive carelessly and cause accidents.
Most people who rely on public transportation don't think twice about their safety before hopping on board a bus, train or ferry. They tend to assume that the driver is a licensed, trained and experienced transit employee, and in many cases, that's true. But just as when we go behind the wheel ourselves, there's no absolute guarantee of safety. Inclement weather, another driver or unforeseen circumstances can always cause an accident. And sometimes, unfortunately, the public transit driver does turn out to be at fault.