Multiple longitudinal surveys show that Americans are warming up to the idea of riding in AVs as automakers pour money into self-driving technology and companies have conducted public education campaigns on the safety benefits of autonomy.
Avery Ash, Director of Federal Relations for the American Automobile Association, speaks to The Fuse about the safety benefits of driverless cars, and the importance of avoiding a messy patchwork of overlapping state-by-state regulations that would stymie innovation in the transportation sector.
For automakers, increasing public familiarity with semi-autonomous driving technology may be the best way to help consumers overcome initial fears around driverless cars.
Autonomous vehicles promise to shatter current limitations on personal mobility while revolutionizing fuel efficiency and enabling a widespread transition to electric vehicles. Skepticism about driverless cars, as with any new technology, is high. As criticism mounts, so have popular misconceptions.
As distracted driving accounts for an increasing number of accidents, the arrival of fully-autonomous vehicles can’t come soon enough. But there’s a catch: Improper deployment of partially-autonomous vehicles to motorists who are already less focused on the road could have disastrous consequences.