Americans’ biggest fear about self-driving cars? Hacking
While autonomous cars are slowly creeping into the American consciousness, they’re still a while from hitting the roads en masse — at least, without a driver. There are a few common fears about self-driving cars, namely the controls messing up and crashing or not being able to detect the roadway and, again, crashing. After polling 1,000 people, though, one study found the American people are mostly scared about a driverless car getting hacked.
Nearly 75 percent of the people polled said hacking was their biggest fear involving self-driving cars. That’s not unwarranted, considering the infamous Jeep hacking that hit headlines a few years ago and the scene from “Fast and Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious” where a hacker took control of thousands of cars in New York. Of course, the latter is fiction and not exactly a realistic look at the future of connected cars (we hope).
According to an Automotive News story on the polling, the study also shows Americans don’t expect driverless cars to hit the roads in the next 20 years. Doubling down, a different study showed that most Americans wouldn’t even buy a fully autonomous car if it did hit lots.
While that might be the case now, autonomous cars should lower insurance premiums, which could sway price-conscious consumers. It’s tough to say when exactly driverless cars are going to hit the market, but we’ll see if people change their minds at that time — or if they even have a choice.
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