For years, autonomous vehicles existed solely in science fiction literature and movies, where they could be safely admired from afar by consumers who liked the general idea of convenient, hands-off travel. Yet, the reality is proving far different. In fact, Americans have been slow to embrace this drastic change in transportation, as recent polls reflect. While this may change eventually, it’s safe to say that professional delivery drivers won’t be replaced by robots anytime soon.
What the Polls Say
Multiple surveys have been conducted in recent years in an attempt to discover what Americans really think about autonomous vehicles. They’ve largely revealed that the majority of Americans have significant reservations about the idea of a vehicle making driving decisions. One of the more recent polls was conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA). It revealed that 71% of Americans are fearful of autonomous vehicles. Safety concerns are a primary reason for the widespread distrust of the technology. Interestingly, drivers who already use advanced driver-assist technologies, like automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping software, are more likely to be receptive to the idea of autonomous vehicles.
How the Industry Has Responded
Manufacturers of autonomous vehicles understand that they face an uphill battle for earning the public’s trust. At the beginning of 2019, 22 organizations banded together to form a new coalition called the Partnership for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE). The industry group is designed to address Americans’ concerns about the technology and ease the transition toward a hands-off approach to driving. To accomplish its goals, PAVE will conduct educational workshops and provide educational materials to consumers and lawmakers. It also intends to conduct self-driving test rides to allow policymakers and consumers to experience autonomous rides.
Autonomous vehicles may be the future of transportation, but here at Xcel Delivery Services, we specialize in meeting the current needs of today’s customers using our state-of-the-art technology. We use integrated barcode technology, streamlined communication, and real-time transportation tracking so you can rest assured that your deliveries will be reach their destinations on time. Call our office in Tucson at (520) 355-4897 to make arrangements.
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