March 19, 2019
March 19, 2019 4:28 PM EDT
A woman uses a mobile phone as she walks in front of an autonomous self-driving vehicle, as it is tested in a pedestrianised zone, during a media event in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 11, 2016. (AFP Photo)
Canucks wary but hopeful on driverless cars.
Most Canadians are wary of self-driving cars, according to latest research released by the Canadian Automobile Association.
An autonomous vehicle is one capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input.
Nearly two-thirds of Canadians say they wouldn’t feel safe inside a driverless car. Some concerns include vehicle hacking, data theft or accountability in the event of an accident.
However, 57% of Canadians believe within a decade the technology will advance to a point where they would trust a self-driving vehicle.
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“Canadians clearly see the potential. We are just not there yet,” the CAA said in a release.
The CAA said 81% of Canadians say clear, enforced rules are needed to protect the privacy of personal information collected by vehicles.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada says there needs to be recommendations implemented for drivers and insurers for the future of autonomous vehicles.
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Although there may be fewer human error collisions, there will be potential accidents because of malfunctions in the computer system of the self-driving vehicle.
The IBC says there needs to be a single insurance policy covering driver negligence and liability related to the automated vehicle technology.
“Legislation needs to reflect a world where vehicles have more automated features,” said Ryan Stein, of IBC, adding it will be difficult to determine human diver fault or a product liability claim.