KY AFL-CIO: The jury is still out on the safety of autonomous vehicle technology, also known as driverless vehicles. And until this technology can ensure these vehicles aren’t endangering their passengers or the drivers around them, Kentuckians need the safeguard that is a properly licensed, human driver to be in the vehicle to oversee, manage, and maintain these vehicles.
The inevitable failures of this emerging technology will result in incidents that require a trained human operator to respond appropriately. Autonomous vehicle technology is not ready to be operated in Kentucky, without a properly trained human operator at the wheel. Kentuckians need to put safety first.
And Kentucky's roads are not safer if you have a 10,000 pound commercial or public transportation vehicle without the safety net that is a human operator.