Venerdì, 20 Ottobre, 2017

The UK public isn't ready for self-driving cars yet

Driving a car at night Driverless cars will be the 'Learners' of tomorrow, so we're going to bully them
Rufina Vignone | 20 Ottobre, 2016, 13:13

"Although many drivers are making increasing use of discrete automated systems within the auto, such as cruise control or parking assist, nevertheless a gut feeling persists that there needs to be a human driver in control of the vehicle" said Dr. Chris Tennant, who investigated the findings with the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at LSE.

If you're kind of an ass when you drive, autonomous cars are going to be great for you, a new study from the London School of Economics and Goodyear has found (via GeekWire).

The study, which polled 12,000 drivers in 11 countries and also included dozens of focus groups, also pointed out that more timid drivers are less excited for self-driving cars but should be more open to letting self-driving cars merge in. So you're going to mug them right off.

Self-driving cars will be programmed to avoid accidents, just as they should be. However, 28% of respondents said they would be comfortable driving alongside AVs, similar to the 30% in the other 10 countries. With combative drivers taking advantage of these extra cautious vehicles it could actually result in the roads becoming less efficient. (Photo via Medium/Google Self-driving vehicle project).

"Our study explores how the road might evolve with the arrival of Autonomous Vehicles", says Carlos Cipollitti, Director of the Goodyear Innovation Centre Luxembourg. In fact, another study from The London School of Economics, showed that 64% of United Kingdom survey respondents felt that "as a point of principle, humans should be in control of their vehicles".

64% of United Kingdom respondents agreed that as a point of principle, humans should be in control of their vehicles.

Of course, it's not just other drivers that could take advantage of autonomous vehicles - there's a risk that pedestrians and cyclists will take advantage of the safety priorities of these cars in order to dash out in front of them. "They're going to stop and you're just going to nip round". It's unlikely we're going to find a method of transport that's entirely risk free.

While self-driving cars promise to bring increased safety, comfort and speed to our roads.

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