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Consumer views on autonomous car safety

Maryland residents who are concerned about their safety on the road may naturally be watching the evolution of self-driving vehicle technology carefully. Certainly an increase in public safety is a primary motivator for adopting either fully autonomous vehicles or at least the use of vehicle that include some autonomous driving features. But, while companies in a variety of industries seem all but in a race to get these vehicles and features to market, it is interesting to step back and see just what consumers really think about it all.

The Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Consumer Survey has recently been conducted by a research firm called INRIX. When asked to indicate what type of company they would prefer to see an autonomous vehicle built by, only four percent indicated that a ridesharing company would be their top pick. Twenty-three percent of respondents indicated a preference for these vehicles to be developed by traditional automotive manufacturers while 27 percent said they would prefer to see technology companies as the primary developers of automous cars.

Overall, 71 percent of American consumers are said to believe that fully self-driving cars may be safer than their human-driven counterparts. That said, a large majority of people said they are greatly interested in or may already be using specific safety features powered by self-driving technology instead of riding in a self-driving car. Seventy percent even said they would pay extra for these features.

Whether or not a vehicle includes self-driving features or functionality, an accident can still happen. When this does occur, Maryland residents may want to talk to a lawyer to learn how best to proceed in protecting their rights.

Source: The Car Connection,"Study: People don't trust self-driving cars from Uber or Lyft," Richard Read, May 25, 2017

 

 

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