People in New York who are interested in self-driving cars may be disappointed to learn that they might not be available until engineers have ironed out some issues that have come up during testing. Testing has revealed that self-driving cars are incapable of making the minor adjustments and judgment calls that humans do as they are driving, and as a result, they are involved in twice as many accidents as cars driven by humans.
As New Yorkers live increasingly longer lives, there are far more elderly drivers on the state's roads. This is a concern for the state's emergency services personnel as older drivers are more likely to die or suffer a serious injury in a car crash. The Department of Transportation say that there were over 35 million licensed drivers in America in 2012 who were 65 years of age or older, and that number is expected to increase sharply in the years ahead.