Drivers opposed to tech that stops them breaking the law

Drivers opposed to tech that stops them breaking the law
Drivers opposed to tech that stops them breaking the law

British drivers would rather break the law than cede control of their car to autonomous systems, according to a new survey.

A quarter of motorists questioned by tyre manufacturer Continental said that they did not want future car technology to prevent them from actions such as speeding or illegally using a phone.

But showing some spectacular arrogance, 60 per cent aid they would be happy to see other road users forced to have the technology fitted to their cars.

The study also revealed further mistrust of advanced driver aids and of the move towards self-driving vehicles. Nearly twice as many said they did not trust autonomous emergency braking as did trust it. That is despite safety bodies such as Euro NCAP arguing that it helps reduced accidents and calling for it to be fitted as standard to all new cars.

Communication breakdown

The lack of trust in complex driver aids appears to be a combination of fear and skepticism. According to the research, among the most common responses to automated driving technology are a fear of losing control and concerns that the the technology is vulnerable to failure or hacking, with three-quarters of drivers saying they are worried the systems will break down.

Many drivers also believe the benefits are overstated, with 60 per cent respondents arguing that improving drivers’ behaviour and skills would be more effective in reducing accidents and deaths than automotive advances

The findings reflect previous research by the RAC, which found half of motorists were worried about the reliability of such systems and a quarter most concerned about the loss of control.

Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres, said: “Our research found that motorists are yet to be convinced of the value of greater automation – like reduced congestion, improved road safety and cleaner motoring.

“Not only are motorists wary of new automotive systems, but nearly one in three said they will miss the experience of driving when cars are fully automated.

“The more that automotive and technology businesses can do to educate road users of the benefits to our everyday lives, and as they begin to experience new vehicle technology, the more people are likely to trust greater automation as they would traditional car features like seatbelts and tyres.”

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