Drivers are showing an increased trust in self-driving cars
Feb. 12, 2018
AAA started surveying people in 2016 to track the public’s level of trust in self-driving cars, and acceptance of the technology has been on the rise.
“20 million more Americans would trust a fully self-driving car to take them on a ride this year compared to last year,” Michelle Donati-Grayman from AAA Arizona says.
Three separate studies have examined public opinion of the technology. Arizona is an experimental state for the cars, and drivers have been slow to accept them, but studies suggest this is beginning to change. Millennials and men seem to be the most trusting of the technology. Baby boomers are still wary of the cars, but there has been a significant improvement compared to last year, Donati-Grayman says.
Governor Doug Ducey welcomed the testing of the technology here, and that has gotten more people on board as well. Donati-Grayman says education exposure has positive results in helping people be more comfortable in regards to the car. When it comes to technology, seeing is believing, she says. She gives the example of a self-driving shuttle in Las Vegas that has been a success.
The study showed that 73 percent of people believe they are above average drivers, which is another reason they would be less willing to let a machine do the work for them. However, more accidents are caused by human error than anything else.
While the cars continue to be tested in Arizona, Donati-Grayman says AAA is helping develop some safety criteria surrounding the technology. The car may do it all, but that shouldn’t stop the passenger from being aware of their surroundings, so safety implementations are being discussed.