Questions about autonomous driving from drivers

Questions about autonomous driving from drivers

Last week on the Washingtonpost.com carchat a chatter sent an intriguing comment, “A long time ago, I remember an old car ad series (Mercedes? BMW? Doesn’t matter). The ad featured a picture of somebody posing proudly with their car, with the tagline, “Nobody poses for pictures with their toaster.” (Or something like that.) As the steady march towards robo-cars progresses, it seems to me that cars will transform (metaphorically, at least) into toasters. What do you think?”

It’s the same question a friend had the other night at dinner, “if we have autonomous cars, are we still going to be able to drive when we want to drive?”

On Volvo’s Future of Driving debate website they are finding similar, interesting findings so far:

* 92 percent of respondents believe that people should be able to take control of autonomous cars at any moment

* 81 percent of people agree that car manufacturers, not car owners, must take responsibility if an accident occurs when a car is driving autonomously

* 90 percent feel that autonomous cars should be able to pass a human driving test

* While 88 percent of people think that technology in autonomous cars should respect the love of driving, 78 percent also believe that technology in autonomous cars will make their time traveling more useful and worthwhile

In 2017 Volvo will put 100 people in autonomous cars, Continental has a website to advance the talks of autonomous driving. The website talks about the trends that will take place till 2030, questions about who will pay if the car is in an accident. Continental’s website lists the six steps to automated driving, as shown in the picture above.

Warren Brown, the host of the carchat, answered the question easily, “Keep in mind that toasters don’t routinely kill or injure as many people as cars. It is necessary progress.”

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.