First topic in a wide-ranging Q&A
"Q: Why is Google working on self-driving cars?Google Student Blog: Q&A with Chris Urmson, Head of the Self-Driving Car Project
A: Because we’ve always looked for ways that technology can change the world. More than a million people worldwide die each year in traffic accidents—94% of which are caused by human error. If we can solve this, it will prevent the majority of traffic-related deaths and injuries, and also help the millions of people who are unable to drive because of disabilities."