Driverless Cars Taking over the Roads? Many Motorists Think Not!

In a new study done by the former Institute of Advanced Motorists (now IAM RoadSmart), it was found that most – a majority – of UK motorists would still like to be able to drive in spite of the fact that there are more ‘driverless’ vehicles set to be used in the near future.

Motorists still want to be able to drive says IAM

Motorists still want to be able to drive says IAM

IAM RoadSmart conducted a special survey amongst its members totaling 92000 in all and also amongst a thousand British drivers and road users, and these motorists singularly agree that although ‘driverless’ cars are entirely possible in the future, they would still like to have the ability to drive their own cars and vehicles.


The numbers speak for themselves

A great majority – 65%, in fact – of the motorists responding to the survey have the belief that humans should still be the ones in full control of a vehicle even though ‘driverless’ cars may soon be the norm. Additionally, about 53% of the respondents said that the priority and the overall focus of manufacturers should not only be on creating a driverless vehicle – but also on enhancing the safety of the drivers themselves, not just the safety of the car.

In essence, some IAM RoadSmart members are not averse to technical advancements, especially when these advancements deal with enhancing the safety of a vehicle, but they would still like to have the right to manoeuvre their own vehicles. Even if these drivers were given the chance to drive a ‘driverless’ car, they would still like to maintain control of it, in fact.


A win-win situation for everyone

IAM RoadSmart’s chief executive, Ms. Sarah Sillars, stresses that although advancements in technology that focus on making riding (as well as driving) safer for all motorists need to be welcomed, most British drivers and motorists would still like to be able to drive. Ms. Sillars does not deny that these intelligent vehicles will promote a big change in the safety of roads by virtually eliminating those so-called ‘human errors’ that occasionally happen – but she also adds that the perfect situation would be a driver that is well- and properly-trained but also a car that is constantly vigilant regarding safety. Ms. Sillars adds that most of the IAM RoadSmart members feel the need for enhancing their skills, especially with the rise of new and more advanced technology for driving.

The UK government has plans this coming summer of discussing intelligent vehicle development in the UK, and IAM RoadSmart is fully in support of this. In fact, IAM RoadSmart goes on to say that the idea of motorists being limited to driving on specially-designated roads is not too far distant in the future, and that drivers may as well just be choosing to drive for pleasure instead of being forced to do it out of obligation. 



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Posted on 20 Jun 2016 in News

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