Fear of self- (driving)
Over half of US adults are unlikely to use self-driving cars. And while 59% say they would feel uncomfortable riding in self-driving cars, 62% wouldn’t be at all at ease sharing the road with those autonomous trucks, according to a Northeastern University/Gallup survey of Americans' attitudes toward artificial intelligence.
What does this mean?
The development of self-driving trucks is generally seen as being less problematical than autonomous cars because of their use on open stretches of road, but one-fifth say they would be extremely comfortable being together on the tarmac with such vehicles.
For those citizens, then, Uber’s forecast that there could be as many as 1.5m self-driving trucks on the road by 2028 will seem a scary proposition.
Uber envisages a mixed-fleet system where truck drivers and their self-driving counterparts work alongside each other to connect long and local haul routes. “We think this model could mean more growth in truck freight, an increase in better truck driving jobs,” the company says.
But someone does need to fight the fear here.