Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars

View as: Print Mobile App Share:
View from the driver's seat of a self-driving vehicle.

Up to 92% of survey respondents approved of rules such as ensuring driverless cars have identifying marks, and requiring a human driver in the driver’s seat, prepared to take control in an emergency.

Credit: Riccardo from Pexels

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)
View Full Article


Abstracts Copyright © 2023 SmithBucklin, Washington, D.C., USA


No entries found