Drivers Still Fear Automated Vehicle Tech *New
by Becky Harrison |
posted 08 April 2021
A new study from the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has revealed that 60 per cent of motorists consider self-driving cars to be a serious threat to road safety. While 66 per cent of female drivers and 64 per cent of drivers over the age of 70 have even higher concerns over the ever-increasing capability of driverless vehicles.
This is despite well-documented evidence that most road incidents are actually caused by human error, suggesting that giving greater control to the vehicles themselves in the future might actually reduce the number of collisions. However, while automated vehicle technology could have the power to improve road safety, IAM RoadSmart believe this will only happen if the new systems are used correctly, including through driver training to understand their capabilities and limitations.
According to government projections, 40 per cent of UK new car sales could have self-driving capabilities in less than 15 years.
Meanwhile, advocates for a push towards autonomous vehicle technology also highlight the financial benefits to the UK economy - it’s possible that the industry will be worth £42 billion by 2035, together with the creation of nearly 40,000 British jobs.
However, concerns still remain around the high cost of research and development, making autonomous vehicles too expensive for some, together with possible malfunctions, data security issues and moral dilemmas as to what the vehicle should be programmed to protect.