A recent in-depth report on self-driving cars states that testing companies
put their operating systems “through millions of virtual, computerized
and highly customizable trials.”
Does that knowledge fill you with confidence as an Indiana motorist and
potential consumer of somewhere-around-the-corner driverless technology?
If you’re a typical driver, apparently not. Multiple studies and
surveys indicate that a
clear majority of American motorists want nothing to do with autonomous vehicles.
At least presently.
Recent polling data indicate that nearly two of every three people across
the country fear any engagement with a self-driving car. More than half
dismiss outright the idea of ever riding in one.
And here’s something interesting: Most American don’t believe
that next-generation driverless vehicles will ever be safer than those
operated by humans, regardless of how much testing they undergo.
The testing protocol and magnitude are what researchers and safety regulators
are most focused upon right now. Billions of miles of driverless-linked
evidence has emerged and is being culled and constantly fine-tuned to
make cars progressively safer.
Many experts say that the work done thus far is relatively paltry, though.
Billions of miles more must be driven, and public confidence must be dramatically
increased before consumers feel sufficiently emboldened to make self-driving
It is notable that only a minority of states have enacted legislation regulating
autonomous vehicle technology and testing, notwithstanding the high level
of concern expressed with them.
Indiana is one of those states. State officials have clearly adopted a