It seems that self-driving cars could be the next step in the evolution of the automobile. Self-driving cars have the potential to reduce accidents caused by humans, and also potentially cut down on traffic jams since everything will be moving in an orderly fashion. It also will allow drivers to be productive during their commutes.
However a recent poll has found that as exciting as the technology is, not everyone is on board with the idea. According to the poll conducted by Kelley Blue Book, it has been found that 80% of Americans believe that people should still be given the option to drive themselves. Another 64% expressed their desire to be in control of their vehicle, and 62% have said that they enjoy the driving experience, and 62% have also said that they prefer to be driving when in a vehicle.
Basically it sounds like some of the “problems” that could be solved by self-driving cars, such as allowing drivers to rest, aren’t really seen as problems by many Americans. This doesn’t mean that they are rejecting the idea of self-driving vehicles. In fact the study found that 63% of Americans think that roads would be safer if self-driving vehicles were a standard, and that despite privacy concerns, 60% actually think that sharing vehicle information would lead to more efficient roadways.
That being said, humans have always resisted change over the years so we guess it’s normal that there are some who might still prefer the regular way of driving, as opposed to being driven around by a computer. Maybe in the next 20-30 years we’ll look back on this and wonder how we ever lived without a self-driving car.
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