Welcome back to Giz Asks, a series where we ask experts hard questions about science, technology, and humanity’s future. Today, we’re trying to find the latest consensus on law and ethics of self-driving cars hitting pedestrians.
Self-driving cars will probably make the world a better place—someday—when they eliminate the likelihood of injuries in crashes. Today, is not that day.
William Crum, the Texas driver who hit two motorcyclists as they tried to pass him in a no-pass zone and whose “I don’t care” statement afterward went viral over the weekend, has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Yeesh! The East Street train bridge in the small town of Westwood, Massachusetts is becoming notorious for ripping off the roofs of trucks that are too tall to pass through it. The destruction is actually pretty impressive to see, I mean, a big ass truck basically gets flipped sideways while everything gets torn apart…
Holy crap. Like an explosion ripped straight from action movies, two trucks crash nearly head on with each other and blow up immediately causing a boom that looks like it was enhanced by special effects. Only it’s so much worse because it happened in real life and not in CG. I can hardly believe it.
Thankfully, it's okay to laugh a little at this scary footage of a man bouncing around inside his car while a SUV rear ends him into an oncoming semi truck. That's because Daryl Peterson, the driver in the car, managed to walk away from the crash without a scratch or any injury at all. Thank God for airbags and…
Here's a terrifying video that shows the importance of having an airbag that works as it's supposed to versus having an airbag that works... but is a hundredth of a second late. You see one watermelon drop in slow motion and get cradled by the deployment of an airbag versus another watermelon that explodes.
The first time I saw this video of a car crash during the Jolly Rally Valle d'Aosta 2014, I thought it was a scene from Final Destination. The second time I saw it, I thought it was some amateur fake. I've watched it multiple times now and I'm still not sure how the out of control, flipping car managed to avoid…
Driving in Russia is flirting with death—watch these three accidents happening in 30 seconds. First, the grey van violently rams itself into the car in front of it. The red car cuts off the dash cam and skids by. And then the original grey van zooms into the intersection and gets smashed sideways by a bus and an SUV.
Two cars crashed in the intersection of a road in Russia causing an spectacular explosion that engulfed both cars in fire. It's hard to believe looking at that hell ball but, according to this Russian newspaper nobody died.
Well, this is absolutely terrifying. This helmet cam footage shows a motorcyclist crashing his bike at 140mph, hitting the car in front of him and having his body catapulted and spun for what seems like an eternity on the road. Amazingly, he survived the crash. Incredible. Unbreakable.
Oh my God. Look at this car violently tumble over and over and over again in a crash at a land speed event. The car is mutilated and destroyed and is hardly even recognizable as a vehicle anymore. It's horrific. It's awful. And it's completely unbelievable that the driver of the car, racer Brian Gillespie, survived…
Stop me if you heard this before but an electric car and an electric pole walk into a bar... Okay, seriously. This is one of those ridiculous local news stories that are too perfect to be true but actually are. A Tesla Model S crashed into a utility pole in Tennessee and caused a local blackout.
Car crashes are completely awful things. Shattered glass, twisted metal and thousand pound machines reduced to child's playthings. And that's not even considering the possibility of accidental deaths. Photographer Nicolai Howalt captured the horrors of a car crash by photographing the silent disaster of the aftermath.
Taisia Sidorova, a 21-year-old girl from St Petersburg, Russia, smashed her skull and damaged her brain during a horrific car crash. It was so bad that doctors didn't expect Taisia to ever recover. Amazingly, three years later, she's better and has developed a new artistic ability that didn't even exist before.
This is insane driving: A woman hit the median of a freeway, went airborne with her car, had the car roll over four times until she was was ejected from her seat and thrown onto the roof. Somehow, she's alive.