More trust for specific features than fully autonomous cars

Americans may be more willing to embrace features that improve safety but are wary of fully self-driving cars.

Tennessee residents may have yet to see a fully self-driving car on the road. However, that does not mean they haven't shared the road with many vehicles that have individual features designed to improve safety that see computers taking more and more control of the driving process.

In the 2017 J.D. Power and Associates U.S. Tech Choice Study, more people are reported to be interested in some features that may keep them safer on the road.

What features are people most interested in?

As explained by the Detroit News, consumers may not only trust but even be willing to pay for some technology if it directly addresses collision concerns. Some of these include systems with emergency steering and braking or cameras in rearview mirrors as well as side view mirrors. Headlights that adjust automatically and assistance for lane changes are also of interest to consumers.

How much do drivers trust self-driving cars?

While consumers seem to have a growing level of comfort with some technology-based safety features in cars, they have a lowered level of trust for fully autonomous vehicles .

From 2016 to 2017, trust for these cars dropped in every single age demographic with the exception of the Generation Y group. But, while they did not lose trust, their level of trust only increased by one percentage point.

How much does age impact trust for self-driving cars?

It does appear that older drivers have a higher level of distrust for autonomous vehicles.

Based upon the 2017 J.D. Power study, distrust of self-driving cars was at 49 percent for those born before 1946, at 44 percent for those born between 1946 and 1964 and 34 percent for people born from 1965 to 1976. Among drivers born from 1977 to 1994, distrust was at 18 percent and for drivers born from 1995 to 2004, distrust was at 22 percent.

Does brand name make a difference?

The Driver explains that another recent study shows that 54 percent of people would feel safe riding in an autonomous vehicle if it was made by a brand they trusted. Far more consumers trusted car makers than technology companies to create these vehicles.

What should I do if involved in a crash with one of these vehicles?

Regardless of what type of vehicle is involved, a Tennessee resident should always reach out to a lawyer after an accident. This gives people the best chance of learning their opportunities to seek compensation.