Drivers say no to law-enforcing car tech

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With up to half a million new cars being registered in September, over 11m motorists do not want future car technology to prevent them from breaking laws such as speeding or illegally using a phone

Researchers spoke with 2,000 UK motorists for Continental Tyres, with three in five revealing they'd be happy to see other road users have compulsory technology that prevents dangerous and illegal driving, but aren't too keen on the idea themselves.
 
The study also revealed drivers believe fewer road accidents and fatalities will be delivered by improving the actions of road users, rather than automotive advances – pointing to a lack of trust in technology.
 
Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres, said: “Our research found that motorists are yet to be convinced of the value of greater automation – like reduced congestion, improved road safety and cleaner motoring.

“As a safety focused brand, we recognise it is the responsibility of technology businesses, like Continental, to communicate the very positive benefits that can be delivered. Not doing this effectively is undermining people’s trust in automotive technology.”

In relation to an exciting and proven system, Autonomous Emergency Braking, nearly twice as many motorists do not trust the technology as do.

Irrespective of the real world safety benefits automotive systems can deliver, three quarters of those surveyed who said they have no trust in driving advances said it was because they feared it would not work or would break down.

Mr Griffiths continued: “Not only are motorists wary of new automotive systems, but nearly one in three said they will miss the experience of driving when cars are fully automated.
 
“The more that automotive and technology businesses can do to educate road users of the benefits to our everyday lives, and as they begin to experience new vehicle technology, the more people are likely to trust greater automation as they would traditional car features like seatbelts and tyres.”
 
The top 5 views about automated driving are:

  1. It scares me – due to not being in control
  2. People are becoming too reliant on technology and are lazy
  3. There are too many risks associated with it – e.g. hacking
  4. I don’t like it – I’ll miss the experience of driving
  5. The benefits of it are exaggerated

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