Self-driving cars face a long road to becoming transportation’s future

Self-driving cars face a long road to becoming transportation’s future

Above: Waymo & Jaguar: Self-driving I-Pace Self-driving cars are the future of transportation. According to some reports, 10 million will hit the road by 2020. They’ll ferry passengers from place to place, like taxis without drivers behind the wheel. They’ll transport packages and raw materials from city to city. And they’ll deliver groceries, meals, and packages to homes and apartments across the country.

But for all the optimism surrounding autonomous cars, there’s an equal amount of skepticism — and concern.

In a pair of surveys published by the American Automobile Association in January and Gallup in May, 63 percent of people reported feeling afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle and more than half said they’d never choose to ride in one.

Those sentiments haven’t changed much. Three separate studies this summer — by the Brookings Institution , think tank HNTB, and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) — […]

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