Americans still don’t trust self-driving cars

Self-driving cars are having a really hard time getting our trust.

Considering that autonomous vehicles are theoretical and ambiguous for most people, this is not a complete shock. Currently, the number of autonomous vehicles on the road is mostly a test vehicle not available to the public. By combining this with "Americans", you can complicate your feelings for concepts such as "freedom" and "control" and see where this is going. Dig your street skills and control the monster from the sheet.

A recent poll to confirm this deep mistrust is PAVE (Partners), a coalition of industry players and non-profit organizations that aim to improve public understanding for Automated Vehicle Education). Of autonomous vehicles. If you know the results at a glance, they say they will stop working.

  • Three out of four in the United States said that autonomous vehicle technology is "not prime time ready."
  • About 48% said they would never get it.
  • Another 20% thought autonomous cars would not be safe.
  • Only 34% think the advantages of AV outweigh the disadvantages.
  • Only 18% are eager to be on the waiting list for the first AV.

The results of this survey come from PAVE's survey of 1,200 Americans who were contacted by survey company SurveyUSA from late February 2020 to early March 2020. It was the result of public opinion polls on autonomous vehicles over the past five years. Various auto-related groups such as the AAA, Kelley Blue Book, highway and car safety advocates found similar skepticism in polls.

This result painted a grim picture of the future of autonomous cars. After all, the success of this technology depends on public awareness and will.

Companies using autonomous taxis such as Waymo, Cruise, and Argo are already facing these challenges through their own pilot projects. Commercial distribution. Of course, they have their own data and ideas on how to overcome skepticism.

And the numbers are not bad either. About half of the people surveyed by PAVE and SurveyUSA said they own vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features such as automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, and blind spot detection. According to the survey, knowing and acknowledging these features can lead to a more positive attitude toward self-driving cars. That makes sense, it's still a big leap between a car with enhanced cruise control and one that can drive itself without human intervention.

Most people responded favorably to vehicles that support the driving task of “The driver always has full control”. This is a rebuttal to any company claiming to pursue a fully driverless car. They claim that most vehicle crashes are the result of human error and that humans must be removed from the equation to improve road safety.

So companies like Cruises are introducing vehicles without traditional controls like steering wheel and pedals. Companies like Nuro are lobbying the government for exemption from federal regulations that require certain features such as rearview mirrors and backup cameras.

PAVE says that skepticism and mistrust are due to lack of ignorance and experience rather than knowledge of certain shortcomings or problems. For example, the majority of respondents said they were unfamiliar with deaths associated with automation technologies, such as Arizona's Tempe's fatal Uber crash or drivers who died using Tesla's autopilot system. You don't have to hear about the big failure that people have little to no hostility to technology.

PAVE concluded that the more self-driving cars on the road, the more people could be trusted. However, it will take some time, as many initial predictions of technology preparation have been proven to be overly optimistic. Many thought that the road would overflow with robotic vehicles by 2020, but here it is. It is 2020 and the number of AVs currently being tested is only a fraction of the percentage.

Karl Iagnemma, a joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv's self-driving car, recently said, "There was a misconception that autonomous technology could be solved in a binary way and used anywhere." “There has been a steady improvement over time, but it's clear that one day there will be no AV, and there will be no binary step functionality everywhere the next day.” This is useful information about how the public perceives self-driving cars, but it takes time, more vehicles, and more people to start changing awareness. For example, Aptiv's robotaxi pilot with Lyft in Las Vegas (over 100,000 rides) includes 2 safety drivers in the front seat. People are seeing these two drivers, but they see cars doing what they haven't seen before.

“Despite the fact that there are car drivers in the car, the customer sees the steering wheel spinning on their own,” Iagnemma said. “It's a big moment for most people. Shaping experience. "

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