Driver survey demands right to drive

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TIME IS MONEY – CONTROL IS EVERYTHING: A survey of thousands of drivers in Britain has accepted the concept of driverless cars – but demands the right to retain the right to drive. Image: Newspress

LONDON, England – More than 65% of road-users want to retain the right to drive even though driverless cars are coming, including extensive testing in the British capital by automaker Volvo.

Two pieces of research released today (April 28 2016) by IAM RoadSmart – formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists – show that data from a survey of 1000 British drivers and a separate poll among its 92 000 members.

That 65% believed a human should always be in control of a vehicle and 53% said the focus should be on making drivers safer – not just cars.

‘OUR MEMBERS STILL WANT RIGHT TO DRIVE’

IAM RoadSmart members welcomed the hi-tech advances which are improving vehicle safety but wanted to keep control even though autonomous technology will be able to do it for them.

Sarah Sillars, chief executive of IAM RoadSmart, told The Corner in a media release: “Technological advances that make driving and riding safer for all road users have to be embraced but British motorists and our members still want the right to drive.

“Intelligent cars will deliver a step-change in road safety by targeting human error but RoadSmart believes a well-trained driver and an ever-vigilant car will be a win-win scenario.

“This technology will also prove a major boost for business and keep the UK at the leading edge of technological advance.”

‘WE’RE READY, WILLING AND ABLE’

IAM RoadSmart will play a significant role in this fundamental shift which, it is hoped, will see UK roads become the world’s safest, most business-friendly and connected.

“The government is this year to consult on how the UK can lead the development of autonomous vehicles,” Sillars added. “We are ready, willing and able to participate.

“One could see a time when people might be restricted to driving on designated roads – possibly just for pleasure rather than for work or getting from A to B.”

SURVEY RESULTS

65% thought a human should always be in charge of a vehicle
20% thought driverless cars were a good idea
34% thought driverless cars were a bad idea
22% thought driverless cars would be the norm on UK roads
52% thought driverless cars would never be the norm on UK roads
16% thought driverless cars were ‘an exciting prospect’

When told 95% of crashes and collisions were caused by human error and that there was ‘a strong case for taking driver control out of the equation’…

24% agreed
15% disagreed
60% said ‘wait and see’

When asked whether they would consider using a driverless car…

32% said they would
38% said they would not
29% were unsure

In the poll conducted among IAM RoadSmart members…

87% thought that once driverless cars became readily available driving should NOT be banned by law
92% would welcome automated systems that stopped tailgating

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