The evolution of autonomous vehicles and consumer trust

People who live in Missouri and who are concerned about safety on the roads have good reason to be so concerned. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 37,400 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the United States in 2016 alone. That is a staggering number and one that should be taken seriously.

People who are pushing for the introduction of automated vehicles assert that these deaths can be reduced or even eliminated with this new technology. However, many consumers in America are not yet sure about this or ready to trust these vehicles, especially after two fatal accidents involving them took place just last year.

In fact, Gizmodo reports that these two fatal accidents might just have sent the then-growing trust in fully autonomous cars downward. In the first part of 2017, 78 percent of people said they would be too scared to ride in an autonomous car. That dropped by a whopping 15 percentage points to 63 percent by the end of that year. Now, in the early part of 2019, the percent of people saying they are too afraid to be a passenger in a fully self-driving car is back u to 71 percent.

The reality of the matter is that autonomous features have been being introduced in vehicles for a while now. Things like blind spot detection and lane departure warnings have been used for some time. More recently, there are features like adaptive cruise control or lane-keep assist. These are just examples of the different levels of autonomous operation in a vehicle. 




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