By: Luke Jones, Published on October 4, 2017 04:56 PM, Last Update on October 31, 2017 02:00 PM
A recent survey commissioned by American Insurance Group (AIG) in the United States found that more than four in five think owners of fully autonomous vehicles should have auto insurance. However, more than a third believe safety concerns will delay or prevent the availability of such vehicles.
Driverless vehicles are not yet available in any capacity and full autonomy is not expected for at least a decade.
The U.S. Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy sets out the following SAE criteria (paraphrased) for determining automation:
SAE Level 5 is full autonomy which mean the car can perform all tasks without passenger input. AIG published the results of its Autonomous Vehicle Insights study that was conducted amongst 1,000 adult Americans.
“On average,” respondents “think it will take 22 years for driverless vehicles with no active input from human drivers to represent more than 20 percent of the vehicles on the road and that it will take 34 years before the autos make up the majority of vehicles in the U.S.,” AIG said Oct. 3 in a release.
The study was conducted in collaboration with McLaughlin & Associates and Pinkston Group. In the survey, participants “could select up to three options that they felt were the most significant factors delaying or preventing the wide availability of driverless vehicles.” More than half (55%) said costs will be too high and 41% said both that “computer systems won’t be adequately secured” and “people enjoy driving too much.” Over a third (35%) said they believe autonomous vehicles will never be safe enough.