Polls might not matter to too many people these days, but for businesses and entrepreneurs, polling data is almost as important as to whether they made their quarterly profit or not since most major decisions are made in the court of public opinion. According to a recent report from OANN, it seems most American consumers aren’t quite trusting of the idea of self-driving cars coming to a road near you within the near future.
Summarizing data provided by a joint Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, “nearly two-thirds said they would not buy a fully autonomous vehicle…In the same poll, about 63 percent of those who responded said they would not pay more to have a self-driving feature on their vehicle, and 41 percent of the rest said they would not pay more than $2,000.” This poll doesn’t strike feelings of consumer confidence in vehicle manufacturers that are attempting to sell the concept of less-dangerous roads and more productivity time that could occur if the human factor behind cars and trucks was removed from the driver experience.
The report continues to state that the “poll results outline the challenges that face car and truck makers, delivery companies, technology companies and ride services operators such as Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc. All are plowing capital into developing self-driving vehicles and related hardware.” With all of this investment in services ranging from taxiing to delivering food, all the way to possibly automizing away all existing trucking jobs, this desire for self-driving cars has additionally caught the attention of lawmakers in both the Republican and Democratic parties who all have their own reasons for being cautious of this automated, driverless future.
In the past two years alone, legislators have been trying to wrap their heads around the legislative duties they have to consumers and manufacturers. The biggest hurdle for autonomous vehicle companies thus far has been simply getting the blessing to continue and further their experimentation and eventual commercial release of these vehicles. The OANN report continues to state that thus far “opposition has bottled up the industry friendly bills. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration meanwhile has yet to act on proposals to exempt autonomous vehicles from conventional vehicle safety standards.”
In a sentence you might not see in the media often, it seems that the American public and lawmakers in both parties seem to be on the same plane of understanding when it comes to this debacle, since “two-thirds of survey respondents said self-driving cars should be held to higher government safety standards than traditional vehicles driving by humans.”
Sources: OANN, Reuters, Ipsos