Thursday, 13 December, 2018

AAA study finds drivers less afraid of self-driving cars

AAA study finds drivers less afraid of self-driving cars AAA study finds drivers less afraid of self-driving cars
Nellie Chapman | 26 January, 2018, 05:34

"As drivers experience these systems, we are likely to see increased comfort with even greater levels of autonomy", Brannon says. A survey showed that 63 percent of Americans stated that they were afraid to use a self-driving vehicle.

The AAA's latest survey shows 20 million more American drivers would trust an autonomous vehicle than the 2017 survey revealed. About half of Millennials said they are hesitant about self-driving cars.

American drivers have started to warm up to the idea of autonomous cars, according to a recent AAA study. "There is a fear of loss of control" when a auto can drive itself.

To help educate consumers on the effectiveness of emerging vehicle technologies, AAA is committed to the ongoing, unbiased testing of automated vehicle technologies.

Women were more likely than men to be afraid of riding in self-driving cars by a margin of 73 percent to 52 percent, while Millennials were the most trusting age group, with only 49 percent being wary of driverless cars, down from 73 percent a year ago. The survey also showed that women were more likely than men to be afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle and that they were also more likely to feel less safe sharing the road with a self-driving auto.

While riding in self-driving vehicle is a futuristic concept for most, testing of these vehicles in the United States means that sharing the road with an automated vehicle is an increasing near-term possibility.

But the data from the latest survey also shows more people now say they would trust a driverless vehicle than was the case a year ago. Only 13 percent of people stated that they would feel safe if they shared the road with a self-driving vehicle. This could represent a serious challenge to automakers as previous studies have indicated women play a major role in vehicle purchasing decisions.

"AAA found that American drivers are very confident in their driving abilities, which may explain some hesitation to give up full control to a self-driving vehicle", Brannon said. Waymo, the self-driving arm of Google's parent company, launched a campaign past year entitled "Let's Talk Self-Driving" to educate the public about the vehicles.

Baby Boomers are also largely afraid of riding in a self-driving vehicle, although the survey results show some warming to the idea.

AAA estimates that human error contributes to more than 90 percent of crashes, yet 73 percent of survey respondents said they considered themselves to be above-average drivers.

Overall, women overwhelmingly consider themselves to be better-than-average drivers because they are cautious because they obey traffic laws.

American drivers are beginning to embrace self-driving vehicles.