Americans Unconvinced About Safety of Self-Driving Cars

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers discuss why Americans are unconvinced of the safety of self-driving cars. Self-driving cars may be the wave of the future, but according to a new poll that was released by Advocates for Auto and Highway Safety, many Americans do not trust the new technology and are concerned about the prospect of sharing the road with self-driving vehicles. If Congress were to impose minimum safety requirements on these vehicles, consumers may feel less skeptical, but it appears as though lawmakers and regulators in Washington, D.C. are allowing the auto industry to deploy self-driving cars without following existing safety standards.

This new survey supports existing data about how Americans feel about self-driving cars:

  • Thirty-one percent of respondents said they would be very concerned to share the road with a driverless car, and 33 percent said they would be somewhat concerned.
  • Sixty-three percent said that they would be against mass exemptions from federal motor vehicle safety standards for driverless cars.
  • Seventy-five percent did not approve of automakers disabling vehicle controls from a remote location.
  • Seventy-five percent supported the U.S. Department of Transportation’s development of specific safety standards for driverless cars.

Congress is reviewing legislation that would allow the auto industry to put driverless cars on public roads, without having to follow the safety standards that already exist. Congress has been pressured by lobbyists with the tech and auto industries to take a more lenient approach toward driverless vehicles. For the most part, they have complied. If passed, this legislation would prevent states from being able to pass laws that regulate driverless cars. The bill was approved by the House of Representatives and is awaiting approval by the Senate.

Cybersecurity Issues

Supporters of self-driving cars believe that the concerns voiced in the poll are due to unfamiliarity with the technology. According to the former administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), who currently runs Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, once people experience self-driving vehicles first hand, they recognize the impact these vehicles have on their safety and mobility. While safety advocates also recognize the potential safety benefits of self-driving cars, they have serious concerns about cybersecurity, and the possibility that someone could hack into the system and control of the vehicle.

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