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Friday, March 24, 2017

Survey Reveals Most Americans Fear Self-Driving Cars

Are self-driving cars safe modes of transportation?

Self-driving vehicles are widely considered the wave of the future.  Several industry giants have been frantically expanding their technology in a rush to produce the first self-driving car available for mass production.  Despite the nearly universal movement among car makers towards the creation of self-driving vehicles, a recent survey suggests perhaps the public does not share the same focus.  The survey, conducted by AAA, revealed that the majority of Americans, some 78 percent polled, are afraid of traveling in self-driving cars.

The Safety of Self-Driving vehicles

Americans polled by AAA seem to want to embrace some of the technologies that go into self-driving vehicles, with most wanting autonomous technologies in their next vehicle.  However, when it comes to relinquishing control, few drivers feel comfortable traveling in a self-driving vehicle.  Even further, 54 percent of Americans do not even feel safe driving beside one.  

Despite the concerns of the public, research thus far reveals that self-driving cars will significantly reduce the number of car accidents in New York City and elsewhere across the nation.  The vast majority of all car accidents stem from human error.  The average driver will be involved in a car accident every 7-10 years or roughly every 100-150K miles driven. In contrast, self-driving vehicles, which are traveling the roadways in California and elsewhere across the country, have been involved in just 13 minor accidents.  These vehicles have traveled more than 1.8 million miles.  

Self-driving vehicles employ several different technologies, such as cameras, radars, sensors, and much more. Using advanced technologies, self-driving cars can safely navigate the roads without the need for human input.  Self-driving vehicles, however, are still in their relative infancy.  While Google cars have been operating for some time, other automated vehicle makers are just entering the field.  Few accidents have happened, but some safety officials have cautioned that additional regulations must be passed to govern the emerging field.  

Self-driving vehicles are poised to change the transportation industry as we know it.  Safety experts will continue to closely explore the potential safety implications of these cutting edge vehicles before their eventual release to the public.  For now, drivers should refrain from fear of self-driving vehicles and continue to monitor the field as it evolves.   

 


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