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AAA released a study showing that 8 of 10 men think they’re above-average drivers.
However, 90% of accidents are caused by human error.
More self-driving cars will likely change this and force drivers to deal with their actual skill levels.

Americans think they’re great drivers — and that could be holding back self-driving cars.

AAA just released a study showing that autonomous vehicles are gaining in acceptance. But that shift comes with an asterisk: an over-estimation of superior driving skills indicates that motorists are having a tough time facing up to reality.

“Although fears of self-driving vehicles appear to be easing, US drivers report high confidence in their own driving abilities,” AAA said in a statement.

“Despite the fact that more than 90% of crashes involve human error, three-quarters (73 percent) of US drivers consider themselves better-than-average drivers. Men, in particular, are confident in their driving skills with 8 in 10 considering their driving skills better than average.”

I’ve been driving for over 30 years, and I can argue with conviction that my male driving skills are no better than average. As a practical matter, this means I’m a safe and careful driver, always staying within my limits.

But as an auto journalist, I’m both exposed …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology

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