Humans Not Trusting Self Driving Car Technology Yet
Humans Not Trusting Self Driving Car Technology Yet. New research published in the journal Risk Analysis reveals that the public does not fully support the idea of self-driving cars due to safety concerns. With many recent autonomous car crashes surfacing in the news lately, it does not come as a shock that people are skeptic. The study results concluded that people will need to see that autonomous vehicles are 4 to 5 times safer than regular human-driven vehicles to be convinced of their legitimacy. Once research can support these expectations, self-driving car technology should be more accepted by the general public.
Why We Lack Trust in Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles have the perk of providing convenience to human drivers, yet we still do not believe that it would be easy to kick back and relax. There have been multiple accounts of self-driving car accidents and, in some cases, even a few records of fatalities. However, this is not the only explanation for the widespread skepticism. According to researchers, people have an increased demand for safety when their trust is placed on an external factor outside of their control. Therefore, people’s faith will decline if autonomous vehicles have a risk factor equal to human-driven cars.
Why Self-Driving Cars Were Invented
It is estimated that human error causes 94 percent of all traffic accidents in the U.S. This is one of the main reasons that autonomous vehicles were created, in hopes of reducing car accidents and increasing road safety. However, autonomous cars have their own set of risks, as there are both economic and technological difficulties that come with creating a “perfectly safe” vehicle.
Researchers have estimated the current global risk of being killed in an auto accident to be 17.4 per 100,000. This rate of frequency is 350 times higher than the rate participants listed as acceptable for self-driving cars. The gap between the desired rate of occurrence and the actual rate implies that autonomous vehicles need to massively improve their own level of risk before the public jumps at the idea.
Criteria for Autonomous Car Risks
Researchers proposed that autonomous car risks can be broken down into three categories: unacceptable, tolerable, and broadly acceptable. Self-driving cars that are not as safe as regular vehicles are seen as an unacceptable risk. If they are 4 to 5 times as reliable as a human-driven car, they are seen as a tolerable risk because they would still be decreasing traffic collisions by 75 to 80 percent. To be considered as broadly acceptable, autonomous cars would need to display a hundredfold improvement above the current global traffic risks.
Watch Youtube Video: The state of self-driving cars: 2018. This video by the Verge discusses the current developments in self-driving car technology, and why we won’t be seeing these cars on mainstream roads any time soon.
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