By Andrew Murfett, Editor at LinkedIn News — 2024 is shaping up as a make-or-break year for the driverless car industry. Companies that were hurtling toward expansion are watching the fallout from Cruise, GM’s driverless car arm, after several accidents prompted it to pause all driving operations. The public’s patience and the company’s margins for error are both “incredibly thin,” said The New York Times’ Tripp Mickle in an interview. Matthew Wansley, a professor at the Cardozo School of Law in New York, notes that although several hundred billion dollars have already been poured into developing and testing driverless car technology, more needs to be done to expand safely and convince the public of its merits.