Some people are scared when they are passengers in a regular car. The idea of being a passenger to a computer might therefore require even more courage – or time.
In a recent survey, road users identified breakdowns, hardware and software malfunctions and hacking as three major threats to self driving cars. While the older generations saw breakdowns as the biggest risks, younger people seemed to be more preoccupied with malfunctions.
Many people admit that they would feel unsafe as pedestrians when autonomous cars become common on the roads. For example, two- thirds of men believe that autonomous cars will be a threat to road safety, while women are equally split on this question.
In general, as of today, more than half of the population believes driverless cars are unsafe.
Autonomy is described in levels and while Autonomy Level 1 cars are now perceived as safe by half of the respondents, an overwhelming 85% would not want to be a passenger in a fully autonomous car. Possibly the only thing that is needed is enough time to introduce innovations in a non-disruptive way and with plenty of time to test each element of automation systems.
The graphic below shares some more details and statistics on consumers’ attitudes towards self-driving cars: