Are you ready to entrust the handling of your car to a computer? It turns out that more people are open to the idea but only in certain situations. The perception of what it takes to hand over your vehicle’s controls to a computer means that drivers want to know that a self-driving car is much safer than a traditional one.
A new study found that the public perception on self-driving vehicles still has not improved to the point that manufacturers should be excited. In fact, self-driving vehicles must be four times as safe as human drivers in order for the public to be ready to trust them. The study was recently published in the journal Risk Analysis and found that, despite the conveniences and safety mechanisms touted as common with self-driving vehicles, recent crashes tied to this technology have many members of the public second-guessing about whether or not the ability to kick back and relax while letting the computer take over is worth the worry. People’s demand for safety increases significantly when it must be entrusted to an external factor, so people are already less likely to trust a self-driving car to begin with. The risk of dying in a vehicle accident currently is 17.4 per 100,000 people, but that rate is 350 times higher than what the study’s participants found appropriate for autonomous vehicles.
This means that respondents anticipate that self-driving vehicles must improve safety by at least two orders of magnitude against the current traffic accident risk. Researchers suggest that self-driving vehicle risks are distinguished by three different categories: Unacceptable, tolerable, and broadly acceptable. Autonomous vehicles that are seen as less safe than human-driven ones are unacceptable. If you or someone you know has already been hurt in a serious vehicle accident, whether it was caused by a self-driving vehicle or another driver, you may be eligible to pursue compensation with the help of an experienced injury lawyer.