On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation released new guidelines for emerging self-driving car technology. Said Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release about the guidelines: “Automated vehicles have the potential to save thousands of lives, driving the single biggest leap in road safety that our country has ever taken.”
Also on Tuesday, in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Foxx served as mayor from 2009 to 2013, Keith Lamont Scott, an African American, was shot dead by a police officer while either in or at his car. Police say that Scott exited his vehicle with a gun “posing a threat”; Scott’s daughter and witnesses claim that he was sitting in his car reading a book when police shot him. The truth is probably somewhere in between, but history indicates that the account favoring the victim will likely be ruled out.