Most U.S. Motorists Still Don't Trust Driverless Autos, AAA Survey Reveals

by Morgan Montalvo

WOAI News

Self-driving vehicles still have miles to go to earn our trust, WOAI News Reports.

A recent American Automobile Association survey reveals about three out of four U.S. drivers polled still prefer humans, not automated systems, in control of our commutes and family outings.

"When it comes to things like food delivery or small trips maybe at the airport from Point A to Point B inside the airport, those vehicles people trust a little bit more," says AAA-Texas spokesman Daniel Armbrister, "but when you're talking about a fully automated vehicle on a roadway, putting your loved one in there, that confidence significantly drops.

"The technology that they're hoping for is not out there at this point," he says.

The auto, travel and insurance organization in January queried 1,008 motorist ages 18 or older as part of its annual driverless vehicle survey.

Armbrister says while today's semi-autonomous automobiles "work great under ideal conditions," development teams have much more work to do to make them safe for use in everyday traffic.

Motorists with experience behind the wheels of automobiles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, expressed the highest levels of comfort concerning features such as all-around sensors for assisted lane-changing, self-parking controls and adaptive cruise control, the types of technology engineers are adapting to self-driving vehicles.

Slightly more than half of drivers polled believe that self-driving vehicles will be common on roadways by 2029, a date that industry watchers consider optimistic.

Armbrister says as driverless vehicle technology improves and becomes commercially available, prospective owners will want to weigh in advance the costs of maintaining a highly complex automobile, and in discuss in detail the terms of coverage with insurers.

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