Self-driving vehicles may not cause accidents, but they will surely be involved in them.

Experts believe vehicles that can route themselves, sense their environment and communicate with infrastructure and other cars and trucks will dramatically reduce accidents and an estimated 40,000 annual traffic deaths.

But the U.S. Department of Transportation will require the same level of occupant crash protection from autonomous vehicles as it does from their conventional counterparts.

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Experts Grapple With Task Of Making Cars That Won't Crash Safe

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