Advances in information processing mean driverless cars are coming, and fast. If you live in the Bay Area, actually, they’re already here. Let’s say — and I don’t know if this is optimistic or pessimistic — that full adoption of driverless cars could cut the number of accidents in half.
99% reduction in accidents is way optimistic. There will undoubtedly be new sources for accidents, due to regulation or due to the newfound freedom of robots to roam the open world.