Self-driving cars are getting closer to being on the markets for everyday Americans, but according to AAA, the people might not be ready for the product.
The organization says their annual vehicle survey showed 71-percent of people are afraid to ride in fully self-driving cars. They say this is partly because the technology for the vehicles is developing in the public eye, and accidents involving the cars have received high-profile media attention. According to triple-a, the best way to change American's attitudes towards self-driving vehicles is for them to experience the technology.
"AAA believes that testing, education, and experience are really going to be key to helping people to accept this technology and to de-mystify it," said AAA spokesperson Kimberly Schwind. "Right now, there's a lot about this technology in the news but people don't really understand it. They haven't experienced it. So, the more that people experience it, the research shows, the more accepting they are of the technology."
A self-driving car shuttle service called Smart Circuit was launched in Columbus this past December to give people a chance to experience the technology. The shuttles circle the Scioto Mile at 25 mph, and they say 48-percent of the over 4-thousand people to try the shuttle have said that it increased their trust in self-driving vehicles.