No One Knows What a Self-Driving Car Is

“If there’s inconsistency with how things are named across different semiautonomous features that have different capabilities, that can lead to confusion for consumers both when they’re purchasing systems and when they’re using systems,” says Hillary Abraham, who worked on the research and studies how humans interact with driver assistance systems at MIT. “It’s important to understand how terminology can affect a consumer’s preconceived notion of what they might be capable of, and how it relates to other systems that might be on the market,” says Abraham.