Motorists 'not ready' for driverless cars, says IAM


We might still think of driverless cars as something from I, Robot but, in reality things aren't all that far off.

Google are well underway in developing their systems, for example, while there are so many safety features in cars today that it could be argued they already do drive themselves (to an extent, anyway).

Things are still a fair way off though; which is good news for drivers if the latest Institute of Advanced Motorists survey is anything to go by.

40 per cent of motorists are adamant that they wouldn't consider driving - or rather 'using' - a driverless car, while 65 per cent are sceptical as to whether their advent is even a good idea or not in the first place.

98 of the 1,088 people questioned even thought the technology was 'irresponsible' - though, since no-one's driving it, we're not quite sure who the irresponsible party actually is.

56 per cent are pessimistic about whether driverless cars will be the norm in the next decade, too - and 50 per cent don't like the idea that speed limits being fixed to vehicles.

There are some upsides though - 92 per cent like the idea that the technology will prevent tailgaters, and over half think the technology should take control in the event of a crash.

"The presence of driverless technology in every car is still many years away. In the meantime, more should be done immediately to improve driver standards and deal with the most common human errors through better training, as well as incentives by the government and insurance companies," said IAM's Simon Best.

"Of course technology has a huge role to play in road safety, but as long as there are cars on the road people will want to drive them. What we need to aim for is first class drivers operating first class vehicles."

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