Self-driving cars on the roads won’t be able to prevent all crashes if they’re designed to process information like humans and defer to occupant preferences, the IIHS found in a study released Thursday.

Only about one-third of crashes now would be easily avoided by future autonomous vehicles, the study found. To prevent more crashes, those systems would need to be designed to prioritize safety over speed and convenience.

“Building self-driving cars that drive as well as people do is a big challenge in itself,” the study’s lead author and IIHS researcher, Alexandra Mueller, wrote. “But they’d actually need to be better than that to deliver on the promises we’ve all heard.”

The study analyzed more than 5,000 crashes that involved emergency medical services, and required at least one vehicle towed away. Driver error was the final fault in 94% of those crashes….

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