It seems with every passing day, people are being asked to do less and less. But if you ask them if that is what they want, most say no.
Recent case in point, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released Wednesday a revised version of proposed regulations that establishes a path for driverless testing and public use of autonomous vehicles. The release of these regulations marks the start of a 15-day public comment period, which ends Oct. 25.
The revised regulations will allow testing of autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the steering wheel and public use of vehicles equipped with autonomous technology.
According to the Pew Research Center people are not ready to hand the keys over to well nobody, just quite yet.
The Pew Research Center found that most people surveyed did not want to ride in driverless vehicles and were not sure whether the vehicles would make roads safer or more dangerous (39 percent vs. 30 percent). And 87 percent favored requiring that a person always be behind the wheel, ready to take control if something goes wrong.
Granted fear of change may be playing a part in this, but considering the hacks that have grabbed headlines recently, the amount of time wasted waiting on unreliable software or the lies from automakers about emission tests, people just may be very wary of this technology.
There is no doubt that this technology is coming and millions of lives could be saved as a result.
We just hope that everyone — automakers and legislators — listens to what the public is saying. They are not saying they don’t want it, but rather that more needs to be done to improve the technology and put their credible fears at ease.