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Self-driving cars crash, too, but figuring out what it means requires much better data
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This week, for the first time ever, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data on crashes involving cars equipped with advanced driver-assist systems and automated driving technology. A lot of headlines — including The Verge’s — focused on the number of Tesla vehicles that crashed, which is understandable because Tesla had a lot of crashes.
But the numbers themselves don’t tell us the whole story. In fact, they don’t really tell us much of …