Are Americans ready for autonomous cars?

Drivers in the United States may be more trustworthy of individual autonomous safety features than of fully autonomous vehicles.

As car makers and technology-based businesses work fast and furiously to further the development of self-driving vehicles, Kentucky drivers should learn about these technologies to determine whether or not they can really trust them to be safe. It may be helpful for people to get a sense of what others think about this very topic.

Survey indicates drivers not fully ready to trust self-driving cars

The Driver published results of a survey conducted by Deloitte in which more than 22,000 drivers across multiple countries were involved. The survey asked drivers' opinions about the safety of autonomous vehicles . Overall, almost 75 percent of the people who replied said they did not fully trust self-driving cars to be completely safe.

At the same time, drivers did leave the door open as close to 70 percent of them said that if they could be given proof by manufacturers that these vehicles were safe, consumers might be willing to trust them. Drivers are clearly looking for facts in this matter.

Preference given to vehicles developed by car makers

Certainly technology is an integral component to any autonomous vehicle yet the survey discovered that people may actually prefer to see traditional auto manufacturers develop these vehicles rather than technology companies. A total of 47 percent of the survey respondents said they felt better about autonomous vehicles developed by car companies than by technology businesses. Fewer than half of that, only 20 percent, indicated their preference for self-driving cars manufactured by technology companies over car companies.

At the same time, consumers do not want just any vehicle or technology company developing these vehicles. Brand trust matters a lot and more than 50 percent of people said that a known and trusted brand would impact their trust of the vehicles.

Driver might prefer specific features only

While people may still be unsure about fully autonomous vehicles, the 2017 J.D. Power and Associated Tech Choice Study showed that drivers are highly interested in individual features that may boost vehicle safety in cars operated by human drivers. In fact, many consumers said they would happily pay more to have features like rearview mirror cameras or emergency braking and steering systems installed in a car.

On the flip side, autonomous vehicle features that did not directly pertain to safety like communication or navigation were not of as much interest to consumers.

Accidents may still happen

While safety may improve with certain technology used in vehicles, Kentucky residents may still continue to experience accidents. When this happens, the need for help in seeking compensation also continues. Talking to an attorney after any crash is always recommended in order to help protect one's rights.