The self-driving car has been gaining traction and, apparently, popularity with American drivers, as of late.
Google’s self-driving car has been on the road for some time now, and is coming to the public streets of Palo Alto this summer. “As a safety precaution, they will be fitted with a (removable) steering wheel and accelerator and brake pedals, and will have their speed capped at 25 miles per hour,” Business Insider says.
These precautions, though somewhat reassuring, still might not be enough to make some drivers feel completely comfortable, especially given the car’s track record. Earlier this month, Google released a statement that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting. Though projections report that autonomous vehicles could reduce the number of auto accidents each year by 4.2 million, Google’s reluctance to release accident information could indicate a level of doubt. But, it comes with the territory of such innovative and complicated technology.
However, the number of supporters for the cars is growing. According to a poll by Google Consumer Surveys, 26.9% of participants responded positively to restrictions on human drivers, implying that they would give up their driving ability to a car. While this is not a majority, it is a start to people getting comfortable with machines doing work for them.
Check out this video to see a ride in one of Google’s self-driving cars.