Will Pedestrians Accept Autonomous Vehicles?

Lextant’s CEO, Chris Rockwell, Speaks to The Atlantic

Would you trust a vehicle without a steering wheel?  What about one without a gas pedal and a brake?  These sensory cues have been in cars since their invention. Even though autonomous cars do not require these features, Chris Rockwell believes that they should have them anyways, at least during the introduction of the technology.

As autonomous technology is further introduced into society, the sensory cues that these vehicles exhibit will arguably be just as important as how the vehicles function.  In order to convince the general public to accept and ultimately adopt this technology, there are some features that cars should have.

Other than passengers, pedestrians will have to communicate with and trust autonomous vehicles.  When people go to cross a street in a cross walk, how do they know the approaching car will stop?  You might make eye contact with the driver as they approach.  When you are walking down a street in a neighborhood, how do you know the car will go around you?  You might wave at the driver as they go by.  These communications do not occur as simply with a machine.  So how do we learn to trust them?

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