A recent survey from the American Automobile Association revealed that many Americans remain dubious of full automation regarding cars.
Indeed, it was found out that only 22% declared that they wanted vehicle manufacturers to focus on developing self-driving vehicles and only 14% said they would trust riding a self-driving vehicle. 54% are still afraid to do so.
This fear could be related to an accident from March 2018 where a self-driving Uber test car with a human backup driver fatally hit a 49-year-old woman in Tempe, Arizona, who was crossing a street at night, outside of a crosswalk.
The backup driver was then declared unable to monitor road conditions and take over in case of emergency. Besides, it was also found out that the vehicle’s automation system was not designed to recognize a jaywalking pedestrian and thus, failed to stop the vehicle in time.
However, although fully automated vehicles are only in testing stages, almost 96% of 2020-model vehicles are equipped with at least one advanced driver-assistance system such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, or lane-keeping assistance
Indeed, the study also stated that 80% stated that they desired better vehicle safety systems. Hence, it shows that people are looking to have more sophisticated vehicle technology, which could, in time, lead to more trust regarding self-driving vehicles.