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Can self-driving vehicles be trusted?

| Oct 1, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Fully autonomous vehicles may not be everywhere on the roads in the United States just yet but they have come a long way from being thought of as fictional elements in movies or television shows. 

Despite the advances being made from a technology perspective, it seems that the majority of U.S. consumers remain wary of these vehicles. 

Reasonable consumer trust in driver assistance features

As explained by The Verge, many people today happily purchase vehicles that come equipped with advanced features designed to assist them in driving. These features include things like lane keeping assist, automatic braking and automatic light adjustments. It seems that drivers hold onto a sense of safety or security when they keep the ability to be in control of their vehicles despite the fact that human error is the single biggest factor in vehicular accidents. 

Low consumer trust in autonomous vehicles

Partners for Automated Vehicle Education polled consumers in the first quarter of 2020 about their views on self-driving automobiles. One in five said they believed these vehicles could never be safe. Nearly half indicated they would never ride in a cab or ridesharing vehicle that was fully autonomous. When asked if they felt autonomous vehicles could be provided for mainstream use today, a whopping 75% indicated they did not. In weighing the risks and the benefits of self-driving cars, nearly one in three respondents did not feel any benefits supported the potential problems. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people an overview of how willing consumers may be to adopt fully autonomous vehicles as a potential option to reduce accidents or the impact of accidents.