US drivers wary of cars that make big claims about them Level 2 semi-autonomous systems And they have every right to be, according to a new study and engineering test from AAA.
First, AAA surveyed American drivers about how they feel about developing self-driving technology. Surprisingly, we, in general, are not all that bothered by the idea of self-driving cars. Eighty-five percent of the people surveyed Don’t directly trust self-driving cars to keep themselves or their families safe. As someone who still looks in the rearview mirror and turns for backup despite having a perfectly good backup camera in front of me, I get it. Machines cannot always be trusted.
Only 18 percent were interested in fully self-driving cars. More than three-quarters – 77 percent – actually want automakers to focus on improving existing driver assistance technologies to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle.
There is certainly much room for improvement. The second half of this AAA study tested the effectiveness of current Level 2 autonomous driving technologies and found that they are severely lacking. AAA Automotive Engineering ran the 2021 Subaru Forester with “EyeSight,” the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe with “Highway Driving Assistant” and the 2020 Tesla Model 3 with “autopilot” through 15 tests using a foam car and a cyclist. The results weren’t great (emphasis added):
A head-on collision occurred during all 15 tests of an oncoming vehicle within the travel lane. Only one test vehicle significantly reduced speed before an accident per round.
• For a slow-driving vehicle moving in the same direction in the lane ahead, no collisions occurred between 15 test runs.
• For a cyclist crossing the travel lane of the test vehicle, a collision occurred for 5 out of 15 test rides, or 33% of the time.
• For a cyclist traveling in the same direction in the lane in front of the test vehicle, there were no collisions between 15 test rides.
While the available active driving assistance systems are further refined, drivers must remain constantly engaged in the task of driving.
“You can’t sell consumers the future if they don’t trust the present,” Greg Brannon, director of automotive engineering at AAA, said in a press release. “And drivers tell us they expect their current driving assistance technology to operate safely all the time. Unfortunately, our testing shows that choppy performance is the rule rather than the exception.”
Although 12 percent of respondents told the AAA that they believe that self-driving cars are available for purchase right now, there are no self-driving cars on the market and we are a long way from getting them. If we ever did. Tesla has been promising full autonomy next year for nearly hold at this stage. Although some automakers are taking small actions, Unexciting steps towards level 3 Autonomy Our current level 2 autonomy sucks and will continue to suck. This is because level 2 forces humans to do worse for one of the tasks we are designed for; Passively observe something monotonous and repetitive but still ready to mediate at any moment.
Failure in the frontal collision part is especially important, as these accidents pose the greatest danger to drivers and passengers. This is the third year that AAA has tested Level 2 compounds and found significant performance gaps. It’s a great reminder that there are no self-driving cars for sale right now and we’re a long way from getting them If we ever did.