Over the last few years, many reports have provided information on how vehicle manufacturers and technology companies are working to advance self-driving vehicles.
Consumer trust in fully autonomous vehicles may be an important element in gaining widespread adoption. That trust may well be closely linked to a deeper level of knowledge regarding the technologies that power these vehicles, according to one study.
More information needed by consumers
The advocacy group Partners for Automated Vehicle Education conducted a poll in the first quarter of 2020 to gauge American consumers’ comfort level with autonomous vehicles. Overall, they found that the majority indicated a basic lack of understanding about these vehicles to the point that 60% said they could not be comfortable with them unless they learned more.
One in five respondents indicated they would never ride in a self-driving car and three out of four people do not believe these vehicles should be used en masse just yet. Nearly half of all people polled voiced their resistance to ever getting in a rideshare or cab run as an autonomous vehicle.
Lack of standardized oversight and information
As explained in a report published by The Verge, no federal regulations governing autonomous vehicles currently exist. Instead, every state in the country may establish their own unique rules and indicate what data they require from vehicle manufacturers or technology companies. At best, the U.S. Department of Transportation allows for the voluntary sharing of test and drive data. Without such data sharing being mandated, however, many fear that accurate insights into the effectiveness and safety of these vehicles may not be possible.