The Law Offices of John J. Finckbeiner Jr.
Call Us for a Consultation

People can quickly get over a fear of autonomous vehicles

The American Automobile Association talked to drivers in the United States, and it found that a full 75 percent said they were still afraid of self-driving vehicles. This fear seems to persist even though these vehicles have been involved in very few accidents in test trials, especially compared to the very high accident rates of human drivers.

Some studies have found, though, that people don't trust the cars just because they've never used them. What they are really afraid of is the unknown.

Thinking that it will take years and perhaps decades for people to put that fear behind them? Try 10 minutes.

That's how long it took for passengers in one study to settle down and feel comfortable when they believed they were in a self-driving vehicle. The study came with a twist: There was actually a human driver. That driver was simply hidden in the vehicle.

Still, the study provided an insight into the way people behaved. They were nervous at first, but it took an average of just five or 10 minutes before they seemed to get over their fears.

This study suggests that the self-driving car revolution could actually happen very quickly. As people are exposed to these vehicles, many of those who said they were afraid of them in the initial study may see their fears subside and consider self-driving cars a safe alternative.

Of course, these cars do raise all sorts of new legal questions when considering potential accidents. Is the driver still at fault? Is the company liable? Are new laws needed? It's important for drivers to know their rights and to keep an eye on the way that technology progresses.

Source: Spectrum, "75% of U.S. Drivers Fear Self-Driving Cars, But It's an Easy Fear to Get Over," Jeremy Hsu, accessed May 11, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Free Initial Consultation

Call 504-662-1754 to contact either of our two convenient locations in New Orleans or Chalmette for quick, prompt and courteous legal services. Initial consultations are always free because we believe that everyone in Louisiana should have the opportunity to learn more about his or her rights. We are available Monday through Friday during regular business hours, and by appointment on weekends.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Review Us

Chalmette Office
Chalmette Office
2203 Pakenham Drive
Chalmette, LA 70043

Phone: 504-662-1754
Fax: 504-279-5375
Map & Directions

New Orleans Office
French Quarter Office
327 Exchange Place
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: 504-569-0277
Fax: 504-569-0278
Map & Directions