Do We Really Need Self-Driving Cars?

Ahmed Bilal
Posted Jul 21, 2015
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A lot of research has been done on self-driving cars in the recent years, and big names such as Google is also one of the many who have started working on these cars. It can be added that the technology of self-driving cars does make it safer for humans, in case of accidents, and the autonomous cars also help improve the environment because these vehicles are cost efficient and help reduce greenhouse emissions by 90 percent. Even your own car can be converted into a self-driving car considering it is compatible, but the question is – do we really need self-driving cars? Even after a huge spending by tech companies around the world research still shows that the results are no positive enough, meaning that more people are unwilling to change and they want to stick to the traditional method of driving on their own.

The recent survey is not in favor of autonomous cars

According to Jeffery Greenblatt about the benefits of self-driving cars “These are all incremental, but they do add up,” “However, we didn’t even include these effects in our baseline results, and we still get huge savings without them.”Research in University of Michigan’s Transportation Institute by 505 drivers suggested that many drivers are not satisfied by the notion of automatic vehicles because it snatches their control over the vehicle while driving.

Survey suggested that 40.6 percent people prefer partially self-driving cars whereas 15.6 percent were only in the favor of automated vehicles and 43.8 percent would like not to have self-driving technology. Many studies have found people are not excited with the driver-less technology and they are indifferent towards the technology. Surveys also found female drivers becoming concerned about the dangers of self-driving cars.

There is a need to change the assertiveness of the customers before welcoming self-driving vehicles. According to the research in University of Michigan, people are taking interest in this technology but the transition is very slow. Younger drivers are more prone towards this technology as compared to older drivers in last year’s survey. Some of them were very much concerned and some were not at all concerned regarding self-driving vehicles.

The author said while comparing the attitudes from last year”concern about riding in completely self-driving vehicles remains high”.

More work needs to be done by companies before spending a huge chunk of their money on these cars, I’m sure they’ll think of something to change these numbers and we will surely see more people wanting these self-driving cars in the near future.

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