A survey of British drivers by the motoring magazine WhatCar suggests that the majority still do not trust the technology behind autonomous vehicles.
The publication found that 51% say they would feel unsafe or very unsafe in a self-driving car, whilst 45% found the very idea “unappealing”.
The study of 4,000 people found the biggest concern was that an autonomous car would not be able to avoid an accident, with 34% citing that as their biggest reservation. However, nearly as many (30%) said that their biggest worry was about losing the enjoyment of driving.
Whatcar.com editorial director, Jim Holder, said, “It’s clear that autonomous cars have a way to go before the concept is truly adopted by the motoring public.
“Half the drivers we talked to would feel happiest allowing their car to take over in a traffic jam, when the risk is minimal, while hardly any of them would feel safe letting their car guide them along urban and country roads.
However 26% of motorists said they would feel comfortable enough while being driven to snooze, while chatting to fellow passengers, browsing the web and even watching TV also came high on the list of preferred activities whilst allowing the car to pilot itself.
“The increasing availability of technologies like blind spot monitoring, automated emergency braking and radar-governed cruise control is slowly turning people around to the idea of self-driving cars,” added Holder, “but, even so, only just more than one in 10 believes we will see entirely autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020.”
(picture credit – whatcar.com)