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Do people really trust autonomous vehicles?

Virtually everyone in Ohio today interacts with modern technology at some point on a daily basis. Regardless of age or other demographic factors, technology advances are everywhere from point of sale systems at the grocery store to smartphones and more. Some technologies are said to have real benefits for people, like the features built into new vehicles today designed to improve safety. Taken to its fullest extent, these manifest as fully autonomous vehicles.

Gizmondo explains that the eradication of vehicular fatalities is a vision that has to date propelled the development and implementation of self-driving cars. This has happened based largely on the premise that the bulk of deaths in car accidents are caused by human error, so removing the human equation should theoretically increase safety. A new survey indicates that most consumers are not completely convinced about this.

In the early part of 2017, 78% of Americans were said to be too scared to ride in a fully self-driving car. By the latter part of that same year, trust appeared to improve quite dramatically as 15% fewer people reported this level of fear with only 63% of respondents indicating their unwillingness to be a passenger in an autonomous vehicle. Fast forward to the spring of 2019 and a dip in trust is seen as 71% of people say they are too wary of the safety of these vehicles to want to ride in one.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Ohio some factors to consider when evaluating their views on autonomous vehicles and general safety on area roads and highways.


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