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Pedestrian crossings could “grind traffic to a halt” in a driverless future

Mark Rosekind, a head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under President Barack Obama and now the chief safety innovation officer for Zoox, said that if pedestrians know they’ll never be run over, jaywalking could explode, grinding traffic to a halt. Rosekind told The New York Times that the societal part will be the most challenging aspect of a driverless future and something that would need to be addressed. He suggested that having ‘gates at each corner, which would periodically open to allow pedestrians to cross’ could be a possible solution.

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