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It turns out we still don't trust autonomous vehicles

Self-driving cars are often a subject of controversy, with many people still saying that they are years away from being commonplace on the streets of the world. Despite the fact that fully autonomous vehicles may be years away, that doesn't stop people being concerned about having driverless vehicles on the roads.

According to recent data gathered by Partners for Automated Vehicle Education, nearly 3 in 4 Americans believe that autonomous vehicles are not ready for 'primetime' whilst 48% of the 1200 adults surveyed said that they would “never get in a taxi or ride-share vehicle that was being driven autonomously.” which is especially interesting as one of the most commonly-proposed uses for self-driving vehicle technology is in taxis and personal transportation.

Grendelkahn via Wikipedia

Grendelkahn via Wikipedia

In addition to this apparent lack of trust in autonomous vehicle technology, 34% of those polled believed that any potential advantages of autonomous technology would outweigh the potential disadvantages. It would also seem that potential autonomous vehicle sales figures would be an issue, as only a tiny 15% of those surveyed said that they would be on the waiting list for an autonomous vehicle.

Why not give the next generation of drivers an early introduction into the world of AVs?

The news and statistics aren't all bad news however; 58% of people asked believed that save autonomous vehicles would be available within the next decade, although 20% also believe that they will never be safe in comparison to conventional cars.

Grendelkahn via Wikipedia

Grendelkahn via Wikipedia

Perhaps this is simply a lack of education and awareness, as it has been reported that Americans who currently own or have owned vehicles with advanced driver assistance technologies (such as Teslas autopilot system) have greater knowledge of autonomous vehicles and feel more confident in their systems. Not only is their knowledge greater, but they even go as far as saying they would feel safer knowing most vehicles would have such advanced safety features.

According to PAVE, the next steps towards the acceptance of autonomous vehicle technology is to alter the perception of self-driving cars, which is likely to take the form of educational programs and real-world testing and statistics.

Regardless of your views on self-driving cars, the technology continues to be developed and be implemented into increasing numbers of cars - let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Im never getting one

      8 days ago
  • I will never drive an autonomous vehicle until the insurance companies begin accepting liability for crashes.

      7 days ago