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Not Quite Ready for Autonomous Vehicle Technology?

If you are like most Canadians, you may not be quite ready for autonomous vehicle technology. A poll that was recently conducted by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) revealed that 63% of respondents say that they would not trust a vehicle to drive itself while they are in it. Deterred by such concerns as vehicle hacking, data theft and accountability in the event of an accident, many drivers are still very reluctant to relinquish control on the roads.

How do you feel about letting your car do the driving?

The Future of Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Autonomous Vehicle Technology
Even though the majority of current drivers are not yet willing to fully embrace driverless technology, they are also not completely opposed to autonomous vehicles. There may be little demand for them right now, but most Canadians can see definite benefits attached to driverless cars in the future. 57% of drivers surveyed said that they think this technology will advance to a point where they would fully trust it in the next ten years.

It is also important to note that most of the uneasiness concerning autonomous vehicles comes from older drivers. Most Millennials (adults between the ages of 18 and 34) are very much in favor of driverless cars and would welcome the opportunity to be engaged in another activity while commuting to a destination. So, as long as this generation continues to embrace new technology and the young people who are next in line (Generation Z) are at least equally tech-savvy, fully autonomous vehicles are inevitable.

According to a different study conducted by GfK, a global consumer marketing research firm, 29% of Canadians surveyed would feel "powerless" in an autonomous vehicle, 26% would feel "anxious," and 20% would feel "stressed." If the thought of being in a driverless car makes you experience any of these negative emotions, keep in mind that the transition over to fully autonomous driving will be gradual, and newer safety features are already making cars "smarter" than they've ever been before.

Safety Features That are Paving the Way

By the time fully driverless vehicles are being put into regular use, it will probably seem fairly normal to let your car do all of the work. Already, newer cars are often equipped with safety features that would have seemed like "radical" technology not that long ago.

  • Blind Spot Monitors: Mirrors are incredibly helpful, but "blind spots" are problematic for drivers attempting to change lanes on the highway. A blind spot monitor helps by using sensors to monitor the road to your sides. When another vehicle is located in your left or your right blind spot, a visual warning (usually a car-shaped icon) will appear in your sideview mirrors or in the windshield frame. With some of the advanced versions of this feature, you will also receive an audible warning if you use your turn signal when there is a vehicle in your blind spot.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking: This feature brings drivers fairly close to autonomous driving by making it possible for a car to stop on its own in order to prevent an accident if the driver fails to do so in time. Radar or camera-based sensors located in the front of your car are able to detect how close you are to the vehicle ahead of you. If you get too close, you will receive a warning in the form of a sound, vibrations, a visual cue, or a mix of warnings before your car brakes.
  • Lane Departure Warning: If your vehicle is equipped with this technology, you will be alerted with visual, vibration, or sound warnings if you are drifting out of your lane. Lane Departure Warning sensors on your car can detect road markings and whether or not your vehicle is where it is supposed to be in proximity to the lines on the road. Because of this, the sensors are unreliable on certain side and back roads, but the feature is very useful on major highways that are clearly marked.

So, it seems likely that automotive safety technology will continue to advance and new features will gradually be implemented until cars are simply driving themselves. Because the transition will probably seem quite natural, by the time that fully autonomous vehicles are available to the general public, it will be relatively easy to trust your driverless car.

Financing for Right Now

It will probably be a while before you have to seriously think about whether or not you want an autonomous car. Right now, you just need a vehicle that you can drive to all of the places you need to go every day. And if you are dealing with credit issues, you may be wondering how you are going to finance this car.

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