According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatalities during the first three quarters of 2015 jumped 9.3 percent from the same period in 2014. New York is included in Region 2 with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and there was a slight increase in car accident deaths for that region.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, software guiding autonomous cars could be considered the driver of the vehicle. Such a ruling could make it easier for state regulators to accept these types of vehicles on public roadways. In a letter to Google, the agency said that it would consider the self-driving system to be the driver and not any of the occupants in the vehicle.