How America Feels About Autonomous Vehicles – Being in control is a fundamental trait that humans have and with self-driving cars, that control will no longer be ours. According to triple AAA, 75% of Americans are afraid of traveling on the road with autonomous vehicles. Some of the pros are the ability to do other things in the car like work, less worry about accidents, disabled can travel, less traffic, late night drinkers don’t have to get behind the wheel. But even with all of these perks, there are still some things that leave us conflicted about adopting this change.
To start, only a portion of vehicles on the road will be self-driving and the rest will still be people. This leaves the issue of combining human decision making with machine decision making. A little over half of American drivers “feel less safe at the prospect of sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle.”
How America Feels About Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles are based on an aggregated system of information that allows the car to make its decisions. Given a case in which the car had a choice of crashing into a crowd of people or crashing into a building and sacrificing the driver, the program would sacrifice the driver to save multiple lives. When a survey was done, most people agreed with this decision. However, when the survey asked if they felt the same way if they were the driver, a large amount would not take the latter decision.
While this technology has made some great progress recently, self-driving vehicles might have to wait their turn to make a full debut. Having 100% self-driving cars in the future might prove to be more effective in their mission.
In the meantime, there are still a few kinks to work out before transformers take over.