- Published 12/12/2022
Will We Ever Trust Self-Driving Cars?
The technological advancements made in recent years have allowed for many new and innovative products and services to enter the market. One such product is the self-driving car. While these cars are not yet available to purchase, they are being tested on public roads in a number of countries around the world. The UK is one such country. But will we ever trust self-driving cars enough to see them become a common sight on our roads?
A recent study conducted by the RAC found that 61% of UK adults would not feel safe in a driverless car. This is unsurprising when you consider that many people are apprehensive about trusting technology to do something as simple as driving a car. After all, driving is a complex task that requires split-second decision-making. It is not surprising, then, that people are hesitant to trust a computer to do something as complicated and important as driving a car.
There have been a number of high-profile accidents involving self-driving cars, which has only served to increase people’s mistrust of the technology. In March 2018, an Uber self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. This accident raised serious questions about the safety of self-driving cars and whether or not they are ready to be tested on public roads.
It is clear that there is still some way to go before self-driving cars will be trusted enough to become a common sight on our roads. Many technical challenges need to be addressed before these cars can be deemed safe enough for the public. In addition, there needs to be a change in attitudes towards self-driving cars. Only then will we see these cars become a regular sight on our roads.