There has been a big push for the creation and implementation of autonomous, driverless cars. However, this push faces a large roadblock: people do not want cars do be driven for them. Recent surveys by J.D. Power show that half to three quarters of responders do not want anything to do with autonomous cars. Kay Stepper, the vice president and head of automated driving unit at Bosch, says that autonomous cars will be ready within the next decade. However, he believes it will take well into the next decade to convince consumers to buy them. Twenty three percent of baby boomers, 41% of Gen Xers, and 55% of Gen Z trust self-driving technology. Many consumers are fearful of a computer leading them into a crash.
In order to expose consumers to these types of cars, car companies have introduced semi-autonomous cars to drivers. These cars consist of automatic brakes, automatic steering back into a lane when the car drifts, and automated brake and accelerator to keep the car a a certain distance from the car in front of it. But the transition from semi-autonomous to fully autonomous is a very significant one. Although humans do not trust these computers, these autonomous cars’ sensors and cameras can see things that humans would not normally be able to see while driving. Engineers state that autonomous cars will undoubtedly make the roads safer. However, if consumers are not willing to accept this fact, then there will be no implementation of these vehicles in the future.