Poll and Trends Commentary: Interesting article by CarBuzz. It seems like the self-driving car era is underway or close. Call me old school, but I still can’t imagine falling asleep in a self-driving car on the highway. And I’m not alone… According to a recent national AAA survey, most of us want enhanced vehicle technology but aren’t comfortable with cars fully driving themselves yet.
■ Only 14% of drivers would trust riding in a vehicle that drives itself
■ 54% would be afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle
■ 32% are unsure about it
Imagine the self-driving car you’re sleeping in has a sensor glitch and barrels into a parked vehicle at 70 mph? Like airplane crashes, driverless car accidents, even if infrequent, may have catastrophic repercussions.
That stated, all this is pretty exciting! In the video below, the Mayor of Chandler, AZ insists self-driving cars are ‘easily’ safer than humans behind the wheel.
Everything is about to change.
It may all be starting in San Francisco, California but it definitely won’t end there. The self-driving car revolution is only beginning in this chosen city.
Alphabet’s Waymo and GM’s subsidiary Cruise have both applied for permits to begin charging for rides and delivery services in the Golden Gate City. Reuters reports the two rivals have not disclosed when testing will get underway, but state documents have been seen that confirm their respective applications.
The two companies are taking slightly different approaches. Waymo, which will continue to use modified versions of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Jaguar I-Pace EV, will begin with “driver operations,” meaning there will be a human being behind the wheel serving as a safety/backup driver.
Cruise, on the other hand, is going completely human-less.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is still viewing the applications and it shouldn’t be too long until there’s a verdict. Neither company would bother applying if they didn’t feel 100 percent certain their technology is up to the task.