A dramatic but still thought provoking article. There is a parallel between Boeing and AV development. Again, we saw some of this with Uber in my area. One person was killed as the company tried to rush technology into testing. At the minimum companies should be more transparent about safety issues. Better still would be to weigh decisions with safety mind and not the bottom line. https://qz.com/1590040/trust-in-self-driving-cars-may-crash-after-boeing/ But the pilots shouldn’t get all the credit. Commercial aircraft are only in the hands of a human for about three to six minutes of each flight—mostly during takeoff and landing. The rest of the time automated systems are in charge. For at least a decade, technology has existed for commercial aircraft to fly with little to no human assistance. The reason the..... Safety features were sold as expensive extras instead of standard equipment. Pilot re-raining was virtually ignored (“an iPad lesson for an hour,” one pilot told Quartz). Despite redesigning the aircraft’s airframe and engines, Boeing portrayed the changes as minimal, even though the changes altered the aircraft’s handling—a software system to prevent stalling was added for just this reason. .............. When problems did begin to emerge, Boeing dismissed critics, delivered fixes slowly, and insisted government officials not ground the fleet before the second accident. Those decisions turned a preventable technical mistake into a systematic failure that killed hundreds.......... After Boeing, the question for self-driving cars is no longer just whether we can trust the technology on our roads—the question is whether we can trust companies and regulators developing such technologies at all. Boeing’s cold-blooded calculation when it came to risking other people’s lives hint at the problems facing certification of automated vehicles (AVs). The software for self-driving cars will be far more complicated, and untested, than those in airplanes........ A skeptical public is now looking out for clues to the safety of AVs as car companies (and governments) race to roll them out fast as they can. So far, they’re not reassured. A 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center found less than half of Americans actually want to ride in a driverless car—42% of Americans cited a “lack of trust” as the reason. Since asking the question in 2014, there has been little shift in public attitudes.