Don’t look now, but autonomous-car technology is racing down the road at what could be a frightening clip for some drivers who don’t want to move out from behind the steering wheel. Make that a lot of drivers.
Only 17.8% of respondents in a recent AutoInsurance.US poll for the website’s Attack of the Self-Driving Cars infographic said they would purchase a self-driving car.Check out the infographic below presented by autoinsurance to learn more about “When Cars Drive Themselves…”
Nearly 44% of respondents said they would feel more at risk in an autonomous vehicle than one that depends on human actions and reactions.
They could face that choice a lot sooner than they think. Many car makers already offer autonomous features such as automatic parking, blind spot monitoring, and driver fatigue/distraction alerts. Google plans to release its feat of fully autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids in 2018, and Volvo, GM and other auto companies expect to begin selling their own self-driving models within a couple of years of that.
By 2040,driverless cars could account for as much as 75% of the vehicles on the road, according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Expect some resistance, however. The AutoInsurance.US survey found that significant numbers of men aged 55-64 or 25-34 don’t want autonomous vehicles – primarily because they still like to drive.
On the other hand, maybe they haven’t fully considered what they could do if they didn’t have to pay attention to the road, or the speedometer, or anything else related to the road. Traffic jams could become a thing of the past. So could speeding tickets. And wrecks.
Remember, attitudes change pretty quickly once technology actually hits the market. No one thought the landline telephones would become obsolete, either. Or bookstores. Or travel agents. Or watches. It’s just life in fast lane – the autonomous fast lane.