One idea that is moving the self-driven car industry forward is the theory that it will help reduce the amount of auto-related accidents.
Most people will agree that accidents happen far too often, and sometimes the cars end up at the local auto recycling center. The problem is more and more consumers are becoming skeptical about this kind of technology.
Why are Consumers Skeptical?
A recent study shows that trust in driver-less cars is declining. The decline seems to be affecting older generations, but it is a noticeable trend. It should be noted that many automakers are now investing in driver-less technology, so news like this might worry some of the industry leaders.
Still, the study has not stopped companies from attempting to move towards autonomous technology. It is only natural that automakers would want to jump on the next new thing because people always expect upgrades, but this time the updates are not winning people over. Who knows why these companies are not heeding people’s fears, but perhaps they think they will be able to convince consumers of the safety of these vehicles once the technology is perfected.
Now, the reason people are turning away from this technology could be boiled down to several possibilities. For one, many of the people surveyed are afraid of computer errors. This is not exactly unprecedented since there have been some accidents with these types of cars while testing them. Still, the technology is much too young to judge these types of vehicles, but it did not stop some of the survey takers from forming a negative opinion about them.
Some worry that the technology is unnecessary since a person should be able to perform these tasks on their own. Furthermore, some believe that, in certain situations, a person’s judgment will be better than a computer’s judgment. Others are afraid that the price will be too high, and they simply will not be able to afford these types of choices.
Some drivers are afraid of what can be done to a car that is connected to the internet since some of these technologies require connectivity to the net. Many drivers fear that hackers who want to do harm could take control of their vehicles. This fear might have developed from science-fiction movies, but it is not irrational. Companies, banks, and even governmental institutions have been targeted by hackers, making this fear reasonable.
On the Brighter Side
Another interesting trend showed up in the survey above, which had to do with semiautonomous technology. Most people have been exposed to things like emergency braking. This type of technology is designed to help keep drivers a little safer while driving, and many people support it. Another example that seems to be gaining traction is smart headlights that analyze the environment before automatically turning on or off.
Other car automakers are developing technology that will help drivers by providing them with a blind-spot warning system. No one can deny that the blind-spot has put many drivers in danger or actually led to accidents, which could be the reason this is also quite popular. One last feature that is quite popular is the lane drift warning system that keeps drivers safely in the lane they are in. Clearly, there are numerous features that drivers prefer. Still, it should be noted that some of these features still override a drivers ability to control the car momentarily. It is possible that drivers only need to be familiar with the technology before accepting it.
No one is going to be able to predict what is going to happen to the future of the car industry and the future of driving, but change is inevitable. It might be that most of these car-making companies are counting on their PR teams and advertising teams to steer the public to their direction once the technology is perfected. There is also a chance that cities, states, or even the country will start to make auto-makers provide this as a feature on all cars since it protects the people and reduces the need to hire so many highway patrol officers. Only time will tell what the outcome of this debate will be.