Depending upon an individual’s point of view, the advantages of autonomous cars as considered by British motorists include road safety, reduced insurance costs by way of fewer accidents and the opportunity to use travelling time more efficiently, for example, working at a computer. Not every one is convinced though.
Why Drivers Worry
There remains a majority among UK drivers concerned about the safety of a fully autonomous vehicle. This much is clear from the many surveys untaken recently. They worry that the technology could fail for some as yet unforeseen reason, resulting in the vehicle breaking down or worse. Many simply mistrust the concept of a self-driving car with a fifth of motorists even saying it scares them.
Yet it does seem that the message that continually gets drilled into people from manufacturers and government agencies might slowly be filtering through. People are now actively considering what are described as major advantages of driverless vehicles like safer roads, more reduced journey times, and having to concentrate less. Conversely again, some believe that motoring and technology brands could be exaggerating what is possible. It is clear then that the public have mixed feelings: they identify with safety as a significant factor but as with any high-technology advance comes genuine concerns.
Why Drivers Are Concerned
There’s another side to this debate however and that is one of personal freedom. There’s an argument that says, essentially, if you can control the car remotely are you not controlling the people in it. Okay, that sounds a bit paranoid but we guard our personal liberty closely and it is not helped by the news that among a raft of new safety features coming to new cars within the next three years will be mandatory speed limiters. These are part of a proposal from the European Transport Safety Council, recently approved by the EU parliament. How this will be viewed by us post-Brexit remains to be seen.
Called Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), we learn that the limiters will use GPS data and/or traffic sign recognition cameras to determine the speed limit of the road a vehicle is travelling on. Power will be limited accordingly to match this, preventing the car from exceeding the speed limit. For now, it is stated that this system can be over-ridden by driver input but who is to say whether or not that input is recorded. Could it trigger automatic speeding fines?
It is clear then that there is a lack of trust among drivers and it remains to be seen how much the public will accept. One thing the car buyers
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