A year after a number of high-profile automated vehicle incidents, American attitudes toward fully self-driving cars have not rebounded.
AAA’s annual automated vehicle survey found that people are afraid to ride in fully self-driving vehicles. The findings of the survey are as follows:
• 71 percent of people are afraid to ride in fully self-driving vehicles – indicating that overall sentiment has not yet returned to what it was prior to these incidents occurring (63 percent).
• On average, drivers who have ADAS technologies are about 68 percent more likely to trust these features than drivers who don’t have them.
• Americans are receptive to the idea of automated vehicle technology in more limited applications. About half (53 percent) are comfortable with low-speed, short distance forms of transportation like people movers found at airports or theme parks while 44 percent are comfortable with fully self-driving vehicles for delivery of food or packages.
• Once the passengers become more personal in particular, transporting their loved ones – one in five remain comfortable.
• Currently, more than half of Americans (55 percent) think that by 2029, most cars will have the ability to drive themselves.
• Those who are skeptical that fully self-driving cars will arrive that soon, cite reasons such as lack of trust, not wanting to give up driving, the technology won’t be ready and that road conditions will not be good enough to support the technology.
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.
Source: Press Release