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Report: Roads not ready for self-driving cars, says people don't fully understand automated vehicles

Posted: 9:57 AM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 12:57:10-04
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More companies are trying to get automated vehicles on the road and experts say they want to make sure we're ready to "drive next to them."

The Governors Highway Safety Association just released a report that claims many people don't necessarily understand or trust self-driving cars. The report recommended that state highway safety offices work with car developers and law enforcement to keep people safe.

“Automated vehicles hold tremendous promise, but both driver-operated and highly automated vehicles will be sharing the roadways for a long time – maybe forever,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. The expert panel agreed the highway safety community needs to continue to focus on operator behavior, attitudes and culture, which will likely continue to play a leading role in highway safety.

Highway safety advocates say they should be focused on today's traffic safety challenges before allowing self-driving cars on roads.