Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for May 23, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup

–National Survey shows Americans have increased their fear of AVs—
–AV backers push for federal framework—
–AAA survey says drivers are distracted by in-car tech—

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National survey shows increasing fear of driverless vehicles
There’s a growing distrust of driverless vehicles similar to an autonomous bus that crashed on its first day of testing in downtown Las Vegas, according to an AAA national survey set for release Tuesday. About 73 percent of drivers said they would be too afraid in a fully self-driving vehicle, according to AAA’s poll of 1,014 adults across the United States between April 5 and April 8. That figure is up from 63 percent of drivers who said they were afraid in a survey by AAA released in January, possibly driven by the high-profile story of a woman who was fatally struck in March by an autonomous vehicle operated by Uber on a street in Tempe, Arizona. It was believed to be the first pedestrian death caused by autonomous technology, prompting Uber to suspend testing in other cities.

Self-Driving Vehicle Backers Push for ‘Federal Framework’
Connected automation has shifted the traffic safety discussion from surviving crashes to avoiding them, but local deployment of self-driving vehicles is hindered by the lack of a national framework for testing and operation, said Alison Pascale, Audi of America senior policy strategist, at a Thursday briefing in the nation’s capital.

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