30 Dec '16, 11pm

Another possible impact of self-driving cars: organ shortages

Another possible impact of self-driving cars: organ shortages

I wasn’t going to do it, I wrote this and spiked it, but there is so much coverage of this story that I have to do it. There are many worries about the changes wrought by self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles (AVs) but here is one that nobody thought of before: it might seriously reduce the number of organs available for transplant. Ian Adams and Anne Hobson write in Slate: It’s morbid, but the truth is that due to limitations on who can contribute transplants, among the most reliable sources for healthy organs and tissues are the more than 35,000 people killed each year on American roads (a number that, after years of falling mortality rates, has recently been trending upward). Currently, 1 in 5 organ donations comes from the victim of a vehicular accident. The authors worry that driverless cars will save many lives, reducing the number of organs available. We’re all ...

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