Learning to trust self-driving cars

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2019 | Car Accidents |

Georgia residents might be interested to learn that a survey by the AAA has revealed that the majority of people are afraid of getting inside an autonomous vehicle. It showed that more than seven out of every ten Americans have reported being uncomfortable by the notion of a self-driving car, whereas only six out of ten Americans made the same claim back in 2017. The reason for this increase, according to the AAA, is the circulation of reports about autonomous cars killing people, including the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman and the Tesla that was on auto-pilot but killed its driver.

One way people can get more accepting of this emerging technology is to start interacting with it more. For example, people find it easier to get into a self-driving car when it is driving slowly, such as at theme parks and airports. Many of them are also fine with autonomous cars delivering food and packages.

About half of the respondents believe that self-driving cars will take over the road by 2029, but others find this view to be too optimistic. The naysayers argue that it will take a while for the public to trust a car that drives itself and that there will always be people who will enjoy driving too much to give it up.

As the well-publicized accidents have indicated, self-driving cars are not free from danger. However, the law might have to evolve to a point where parties other than a driver are responsible if an autonomous vehicle is involved in a car accident. Occupants of other vehicles who have been injured in one might want to meet with an attorney in order to learn what recourse they might have.


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