How Much Autonomy is Too Much in a Car?

A recent AAA study revealed some interesting results. About 75 percent of Americans say that they would be scared to be a passenger in an autonomous car. Most of us are not comfortable letting a robot drive.

On the other hand, 61 percent of the same drivers said they wanted features like automatic emergency braking (AEB) and adaptive cruise control on their next car… features considered to be “semi-autonomous.”

People cited safety as their primary reason, with convenience a close second.

So how much autonomy is too much? It’s clear most drivers are not willing to take their eyes off the road and trust their cars completely, but we enjoy Many automakers, like Volvo and Tesla, are taking an ease-into-it approach to their self-driving cars.

Tesla already released an “Autopilot” mode for their electric sports cars. In Autopilot, a car keeps stays in its lane without driver control, maintains a safe distance behind the car ahead of it, and can even change lanes on its own to pass a slower car. The functionality is limited, and drivers are instructed to keep at least one hand on the wheel at all times.

Volvo, following a similar line of thinking, has shown concept cars with interactive screens that give drivers constant insight into vehicle’s decision-making process while in self-drive mode.

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