Omaha Attorneys Weigh in on the Public’s Fear of Self-Driving Cars
Many Americans aren’t ready for it yet, but self-driving cars are coming. Nobody knows for sure when it will be the norm in automotive technology, but we know it will be – sooner or later.
According to its annual automated vehicle survey, the American Automobile Association (AAA) reports that 71 percent of respondents fear the risks of ridings in fully self-driving vehicles.
The overall distrust of autonomous vehicles comes on the heels of several crashes that have occurred since they began emerging on the market. Most notably, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber in Phoenix, AZ in 2018. The accident was blamed on the emergency braking system being disabled and no alert given to the vehicle occupant to apply the brakes manually. In addition, the vehicle operator was reportedly distracted at the time of crash.
Many new vehicles come standard with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which have been proven to increase road safety. About 68 percent of drivers who drive vehicles equipped with ADAS feel comfortable using safety features, such as lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and self-parking. Unlike autonomous driving, motorists are still engaged and in control.
The survey also found that 53 percent of respondents trusted autonomous transportation technology used at low speeds or for short distances. Roughly 44 percent were comfortable with autonomous vehicles being used for package or food deliveries. When it came to other types of autonomous transportation, only one in five respondents felt comfortable.
Easing in autonomous technology
According to Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations, incorporating autonomous technology will require baby steps.
“Hands-on exposure in more controlled, low-risk environments coupled with stronger education will play a key role in easing fears about self-driving cars,” he said.
About 55 percent of respondents also believe that by 2029, autonomous technology will be standard on all vehicles. Many raised some doubts, however, such as motorists not willing to give up driving as a task, the technology not being fully developed, and a general lack of trust from the public.
In the meantime, AAA continues to work on building the public’s trust in autonomous technology through unbiased testing and additional safety research.
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