a new report Women are far more skeptical than men that self-driving cars will make our roads and highways safer, the Pew Research Center found on Wednesday. The findings suggest a public relations problem that could further slow the emergence of automated vehicles, despite the fact that studies have shown that such vehicles would improve safety.
The results of the survey, released on Wednesday, represent a new analysis of Big November 2021 Survey Focused on AI and human enhancement issues. Among the major findings of the survey:
- Only 3 in 10 women say they believe self-driving cars will reduce the number of people killed or injured in accidents. Meanwhile, nearly half of men (49%) say that automatic driving will reduce accidents.
- Just 17% of women say driverless cars are a good idea for society, while 37% of men say the same.
- Only 27% of women surveyed said they would definitely or perhaps personally want to ride in a driverless passenger vehicle, if given the chance, compared to nearly half of men (46%).
- A majority of women (54%) say they would not feel comfortable sharing the road with a passenger vehicle without a driver if their use becomes widespread. Only 35% of men say so.
- While self-driving long-haul trucks can be First autonomous vehicles to appear on US roadwaysA large number of men and women both oppose this use of technology. Two-thirds of women (66%) oppose self-driving trucks, compared to 53% of men.
- Just over half the women, 51 per cent, say they are against the use of self-driving buses for public transport. Just over a third of men, or 35%, say so.
- However, women are far more accepting of self-driving vehicles used as taxis, shared-ride vehicles and delivery trucks. Only 39% of the women surveyed opposed these applications, while 29% of the men opposed them.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Estimate That 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic accidents in the US in 2021. meanwhile, several studies has shown that autonomous vehicles, which do not drive drunk or distracted, have the potential to reduce the number of annual road accidents in the US. The NHTSA, for its part, in its suggestion 2021 report That self-driving cars “could greatly support drivers and reduce human errors and the resulting accidents, injuries and economic tolls.”
Although, Research has also shown that automatic driving cannot eliminate all auto accidents. One recent study predicts that automatic-driving features will cause people to spend even more time in their cars, increasing the likelihood of an accident. Of course, automated vehicles don’t fill roadways yet, so studies predicting the safety benefits of self-driving vehicles, while very likely to be accurate, haven’t been proven.
Skepticism about the technology revealed in Pew’s research, especially among women, may only subside if people have more real-life experience of safely riding or driving in autonomous vehicles.