Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Self-Driving Cars : The Poll Result

I assume the sort of person that comes to a site such as this likes cars and probably driving too. If someone views a car as an appliance, a means to get from A to B, then driving pleasure would not be a priority, nor would reading about them. Therefore, I expected few people coming here would want a fully automated driving vehicle.

That said, what do people who do like cars think about losing control of their vehicle totally? So the question was posed : What do you think of full self driving cars? The three basic answers were 1) 'Yes please' 2) 'Some driving' 3) 'No way'. The other option 4) 'Don't care' got no votes. I guess they just didn't care after all.

The results were:

1) 'Yes please' - 17%
2) 'Some driving' - 52%
3) 'No way' - 29%

The number of votes was small and that would in normal circumstances be insufficient to call it accurate. Yet I do think it is. To break them down:

1) People who are interested in cars and also are fascinated by technology would go for the first choice.

2) Most drivers would concede there are times that the car taking control could be helpful, but still want to enjoy driving at other times. They don't mind the technology but not total surrender to the machine's control.

3) There are car lovers, who want to drive and don't like the idea of giving up driving. The thought of full self-driving cars is a not on. They feel strongly about that.

Summary: Most drivers do not want full self-driving cars. They accept in some situations it would have merit but driving is still something the car aficionado wants to be involved with. They enjoy it. I wonder if legislators will take that into consideration.

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