The dummies of self-driving cars
Almost three-quarters of US consumers are afraid to ride in fully self-driving vehicles following a number of high-profile automated vehicle incidents over the past year. And many are sceptical that fully self-driving cars will arrive anytime soon, citing lack of trust, people not wishing to give up driving and inadequate technology, according to an AAA survey.
However, the association itself is clearly a big believer in self-driving vehicles, while also mocking the distrust of the public for what it perceives is a lock of knowledge. “AAA believes the key to helping consumers feel more comfortable with fully self-driving vehicles will be bridging the gap between the perception of automated vehicle technology and the reality of how it actually works in today’s cars.”
“Having the opportunity to interact with partially or fully automated vehicle technology will help remove some of the mystery for consumers and open the door for greater acceptance,” maintains Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering and industry relations.
Ford is set test self-driving vehicles in Austin, its fifth autonomous vehicle city. The car maker currently operates trials in Detroit, Miami, Pittsburgh and Washington DC.