A study by researchers at Canada's University of British Columbia found that a period of gradual transition will be necessary for road users to feel comfortable with self-driving vehicles (SDVs).
The survey of 1,133 people revealed that 41% feel less comfortable and less safe in interactions with SDVs than human-driven vehicles.
Among other things, the survey found that 92% of respondents supported rules requiring SDVs to have identifying marks and a human in the driver's seat in case of emergency.
In addition to a gradual transition, the researchers suggested that SDVs behave more conservatively than human-driven vehicles, inform road uses of their automation via external communication features, and avoid designated pedestrian priority zones, such as near schools.
From UBC News (Canada)
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