I’ll Bet Atrios $100 That Automated Cars Will Be Just Fine

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After reading an article about “level 2/3” automated cars—the computer drives but you’re required to keep your eyes on the road so you can take over if you have to—Atrios says:

Insurance Rates Are Gonna Skyrocket

A couple liability suits and insurance companies are gonna drive these things off the road.

Aha! Finally a testable prediction, and one we can test in the fairly near term. I’m willing to bet a $100 contribution to Planned Parenthood that insurance rates will not skyrocket by, say, two years from now. Or one. Or three. Whatever. I’ll take the non-skyrocket side of any reasonable wager on this subject.

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