With the recent announcement of government incentives amounting to £40m being put into the promotion of self driving vehicles and getting driverless cars on the road by 2021, is an autonomous driving future closer than we think?
Autonomous Volvo Cars From Uber
It certainly could be with the announcement that Volvo Cars have signed a framework agreement with Uber, to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving-compatible base vehicles.
Volvo Cars’ system is currently used on Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line 90 series cars as well as on the new XC60 mid-size SUV.
Self driving vehicles confidence?
As if by magic we have a new study by Intelligent Car Leasing to back up the lack of confidence in self driving cars, it found that the public does not have very much confidence in autonomous vehicles.
They spoke to 1750 adults aged 18-65 with over two thirds admitting that they would feel safer in a human controlled car than a self driving one. Interestingly 1 in 6 were confident in the technology, stating that they would feel safer in a self-driving vehicle.
Breaking the figures down it seems that ladies had more confidence in a human driven vehicle compared to their male counterparts, who seemed to trust tech rather more. The older generation, those over 65, had a significantly higher level of trust in human driven cars and were 17% more likely than 18-24 year olds to trust a human driver.
The main reason people don’t want to use a driverless vehicle is that 42% "want to be in control". Then at number two we have the most honest answer, which is “I wouldn’t trust the tech”.
Driverless Cars Already On The Road
It was reported earlier in the month that Jaguar Land Rover had already starting testing their driverless cars on the streets of Coventry. The cars were driven around a challenging half mile route in a 'mixed use' area, but don't worry a safety driver was on board to take over in case of an emergency.
We can only imagine how hard it must have been to sit in these test drives and not touch any of the controls!
The Future Of Driving
Obviously there are a lot of objections that the car manufacturers will have to overcome if they want to make self-drivers mainstream. Another 9% of those questioned did not understand enough about the technology involved. And the final percentage that tips it over the doubters edge is that they would be concerned about the roads being populated with driverless cars.