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Are you reluctant to trust a robot to drive you on the roads? So, you agree with almost two-thirds of French people. Indeed, autonomous driving still does not convince the majority of inhabitants of France.
Dekra looked into the subject through a road safety report with the theme this year: “technology and people”. Doubt is global in France, as detailed in the results of an OpinionWay survey for this study:
“More than two thirds of French people do not have confidence in autonomous vehicles, with an over-representation of women (75%) and almost three quarters of people over 50.”
There is “real skepticism about how effective autonomous vehicles really are when it comes to safety.”
The French expect to see autonomous vehicles arrive
The recent setbacks of Cruise, a firm using robotaxis, will not fail to raise doubts. Distrust also dominates when it comes to cybersecurity. 83% of respondents believe that autonomous cars can be the target of attacks of this type.
However, our fellow citizens are convinced that we will have to go through autonomous cars. 89% of French people are convinced that this technology will see the light of day.
41% even believe that this will happen within 10 years. This latter trend is especially felt by young people, under 25, living in an urban area like Île-de-France.
The best way to save lives?
However, despite skepticism, driving aids, and soon 100% autonomous cars, remain a preferred solution for improving road safety figures.
The new equipment has reduced the number of deaths on the roads of the European Union by 64%. There were 51,000 deaths in 2001, compared to 23,000 in 2020.
The fact remains that this figure has stagnated since then. However, the authorities want to bring it down to 11,400 in 2030. Karine Bonnet, general director of Dekra Automotive, is betting on autonomous cars for this:
“From highly connected driving to autonomous driving, this remains the royal road to increasing the safety of automobile transport.”
“90% of accidents are of human origin, with excessive speed or under the influence of alcohol or drugs for example. Assistants must therefore help to avoid or reduce the consequences of an accident.”
Do not disempower the driver
Still, the arrival of more driving aids, or autonomous driving, must be done in the right way to be accepted. It is thus about “do not disempower the driver”according to Karine Bonnet.
Vehicle ergonomics can also be a problem. The proliferation of screens sometimes makes access to basic functions more difficult. This is particularly problematic for rental or car-sharing cars, since the procedures differ for each vehicle.
Dekra also insists on training, with better information “on the operation and limits of the driving assistance system”. It would also be necessary “promote ownership of the functioning of systems prior to driving”.
The firm finally reminds that assistants are not infallible. Slight disturbances can change the behavior of vehicles, without being detected. “The proper functioning of mechanical and electronic vehicle safety components must be guaranteed”asks the company in particular.
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To sum up
More than two thirds of French people are not convinced by autonomous cars. However, nearly 90% of them are convinced that it will be necessary to go through this. A way to improve road safety, according to a study conducted by Dekra.
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