New Research Reveals Confusion Over Driverless Definitions

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New Research Reveals Confusion Over Driverless Definitions

What does it mean to be 'driverless?'

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As with many new technologies, the levels of literacy among the general public tends to vary.  It’s perhaps no surprise, therefore, that a recent survey from AXA reveals a similar level of confusion around driverless technology.

This extends not only to the capabilities of the technology but also to the way it's classified. For instance, the research reveals that just 27 percent of UK residents believe that driverless cars will reduce the number of accidents on the roads, despite around 90 percent of accidents today caused by human errors. Similarly, low numbers thought that technology would improve the environment.

It’s perhaps no surprise, therefore, that recent data from Euro NCAP suggests that over 70 percent of us already think that fully autonomous vehicles are on the market, despite in reality this being many years away.

Defining the Tech

Of course, the actual definition of a fully autonomous vehicle is not altogether straightforward, with the Society of Automotive Engineers providing five levels of autonomy, but when AXA quizzed people about these levels, confusion reigned supreme.

For instance, only 1 in 3 was able to correctly identify Level 5 vehicles, which are fully autonomous in all environments. Things got worse, however, with just 10 percent successfully identifying Level 1 vehicles as those who can utilize a single form of automation, such as steering or braking control. This is worrying as most new vehicles today are already at Level 2 and there are a number of Level 3 models being introduced.

This lack of knowledge extended into the kind of autonomous technologies currently used in vehicles today, with up to 75 percent of people unlikely to use technologies such as cruise control once they were made aware of its existence.

“Driverless cars will revolutionize transport for the better, making our roads safer but also creating mobility solutions for people who are unable to drive. It is not surprising, however, that new technology can be confusing and even lead to skepticism. What is clear, is that we need to educate motorists on the benefits of autonomous vehicles because consumer trust will be vital to their success,” AXA says.

To try and improve matters, AXA has released a video explaining the kind of driverless technologies available today. If you need to brush up your own knowledge, it’s worth a look.

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