BlackBerry CEO John Chen believes new safety discussions around autonomous vehicles are irrational, even in the wake of fatalities like the one in Arizona earlier this year.
Chen believes having a driver at the wheel defeats the purpose of self-driving technology.
“I find it almost laughable to talk about ‘Why don’t we put a passenger or a person there to manage a self-driving car?’” Chen said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. “We ought to focus on making the technology safer [rather] than arguing about some kind of stop-gap solution for now. You have to go full-steam ahead on the safety and security side.”
That said, he believes autonomous vehicles are still a ways out — likely beyond 2025.
“The technology and automotive sectors should take the time to get it right,” he said.
You can watch Chen’s entire interview in the video player below.