Those in California may be more concerned about self-driving cars than once believed. A study by AAA found that only 12% of drivers trust self-driving cars, and 28% aren’t sure how they feel about the new technology. The study concluded that the majority of drivers are neutral in their feelings towards autonomous vehicles, a statistic that manufacturers would like to change.
The study revealed some major concerns that Americans have toward the vehicles. One concern raised in the survey was accident responsibility. Sixty percent of drivers want to know who would be responsible should a self-driving car cause an car accident. More than half of drivers want to see more safety studies done on the vehicles before driving in them.
Drivers are also concerned about the security of the driving technology. Because the vehicles rely on a complex computer system that continually takes in data, they might be susceptible to hackers who could potentially take over the vehicles. The study revealed that 49% of drivers want to know if the vehicles can be hacked and what measures are being taken to secure vehicle data. Consistent and transparent information from self-driving vehicle manufacturers might help clear up some of the confusion and bring clarity to many of these concerns.
Many vehicles today have self-driving features, such as automatic braking systems or autonomous perpendicular parking. Drivers are still responsible for paying attention while operating these vehicles. Unfortunately, many experts believe that drivers may become distracted with the self-driving technology and not take over in time to prevent an accident from occurring. If a car crash does occur, the driver of the vehicle could still be responsible because they failed to operate the vehicle properly. A civil suit may be filed against the driver and the driver may be responsible for medical and compensatory damages to the injured parties.