The Psychological Effects of Self-Driving Cars

The adoption of autonomous vehicles will depend on trust, control, usefulness, and enjoyment.
People who enjoy driving and independent control will be less likely to adopt self-driving cars.
The shift to self-driving cars may lead to lower cognitive or coordination skills and spatial memory…

New research suggests that people who enjoy driving or have a mistrust of AI are least likely to relinquish driving to autonomous vehicles. The group that is most likely to adopt self-driving cars are those who expect it to be an enjoyable and convenient experience. There are additional safety issues, such as the fact that people feel safer and prefer when they are able to take over control of the vehicle if it malfunctions.

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