"We have industrial accidents all the time." You could have worked for Andrew Carnegie as a steel mill manager in the 1800s. He had the same cold disregard for human life.
"The question is will we have fewer and less-fatal vehicular collisions with such systems as autopilot than with straight manual driving?" And you are willing to run experiments on millions of Americans to find out. Didn't the Nazis run experiments on people?
"If your 7-year-old daughter dies in a situation made possible because of a policy change that saved 357 working-class Americans, 20 retirees, and that one old lady in a wheelchair from such a horrible death, simultaneously preventing thousands of injuries and an enormous amount of property damage, well..."
"If...." And I love how people make up numbers to support their want or need. How about 3,578 working-class Americans, 200,000 retirees, and that one old lady in a wheelchair with a cute puppy on her lap....
I work with dangerous multimillion dollar machines festooned with e-stops and interlocks for the protection of humans from your easily forgiven "industrial accidents." These expensive machines are put down, locked out, without question, instantly, at the slightest indication that a human being could be harmed by a machine. Our facility garnered half a million dollars in OSHA fines for safety violations that people like you would scoff at. Yes, Dorothy, we aren't in the 1800s anymore. We don't allow machines to kill people. And we must not allow computer-driven cars to either.