New Study Shows Fear of Self-Driving Cars Persists

New Study Shows Fear of Self-Driving Cars Persists

Recent incidents involving autonomous vehicles strike safety concerns among the public.

According to AAA’s latest survey on autonomous vehicles, most U.S. drivers either express fear (66%) or uncertainty (25%) about fully self-driving vehicles — a fear that has not decreased since spiking last year. However, interest in semi-autonomous technologies such as reverse automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane keeping assistance remains high. The results infer that to alleviate concerns, the industry should continue to advance vehicle technologies reasonably and with overall consistency in performance. 

“There has been an increase in consumer fear over the past few years,” said Greg Brannon, director of automotive engineering research for AAA. “Given the numerous and well-publicized incidents involving current vehicle technologies, it’s not surprising that people are apprehensive about their safety.” 

Despite people’s fears of self-driving cars, interest in advanced driver-assistance systems remains high. AAA’s survey found that almost two-thirds of U.S. drivers would want reverse AEB (65%), AEB (63%) or lane keeping assistance (62%) on their next vehicle. For interest to remain high, it’s crucial to ensure consistency in the performance and naming of these systems.  

Interestingly, most U.S. drivers also believe AEB will stop the vehicle when another car, children, adult pedestrians or bicyclists are in front of or behind the vehicle. However, recent AAA research found that reverse AEB systems prevented a collision in only one of 40 test runs in the context of the backing-up scenarios involving a subject vehicle crossing behind the test vehicle, and only 10 out of 20 test runs with the stationary child target behind the test vehicle.  

AAA believes that to alleviate consumer concerns, ADAS performance should reflect reasonable and safe scenarios with a clear understanding of the limitations. Advanced vehicle safety technology should enhance driver awareness rather than give the impression of replacing a vigilant driver. When asked if there are cars available that drive themselves while you sleep — fully self-driving vehicles are not yet available for purchase by consumers — four in 10 drivers are unsure or think they can buy a car that drives itself while they sleep, a significant safety concern of these technologies.  

“AAA wants to collaborate with automakers to establish uniformity in system naming and performance across the industry,” Brannon said. “By working together, we can assist consumers in understanding the technology present in their vehicles and educate them on how, when and where to use such systems properly. This initiative will help instill confidence in the drivers of the cars of tomorrow, which may be equipped with greater levels of automated technologies.”

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