News about self-driving cars is almost unavoidable nowadays. With technology companies, as well as traditional automobile manufacturers, joining the fray of autonomous automobile development (or at least the software thereof), it is now only a matter of ‘when’, rather than ‘if’. Despite the inevitability of self-driving cars, the driving population does not seem to be fully ready for this technological (and transportation) revolution.
Would you ever consider owning/using a self driving car?
When asked about accepting self-driving cars, a fair portion of the population expressed their misgivings by responding in the negative, when asked about owning or using a self-driving car.
What would it take for you to want a self driving car?
Despite the reservations that people have when it comes to self-driving cars, they are not writing off the technology completely—they simply have some requirements that must be met by the technology in order for them to join the rest of the self-driving car enthusiasts.
When asked, what it would take for them to change their minds, they said:
Would you want the option to take control, or let the car have 100% of the control?
Just when the answers seem to suggest that there is hope for a fully automated future for automobiles, the final question drives the message home that no matter what people do not want to completely cede control of their driving experience.
Of course, it makes sense to have an autonomous system which can be overridden by a human driver, because, as we know, no technology is perfect; however, it does seem that a not insignificant portion of the driving population would be willing to give up control completely.
As you can see, the debate about the desirability and adoption of self-driving cars is far from over, but it probably will not be many years before we have some definitive answers as people vote with their wallets.