Pittsburghers Still Feel Safer Beside Self-Driving Cars Than Those Driven By Humans

Bike Pittsburgh released its second-ever survey on how Pittsburgh cyclists and pedestrians feel about sharing the roads with self-driving cars.

The group’s advocacy director, Eric Boerer, talked to 90.5 WESA’s The Confluence just before the survey was released Tuesday. He said the death of Elaine Herzberg, who was struck in March by a self-driving Uber in Tempe, Ariz., last year, clearly affected the results.

“For the most part, people still feel pretty confident about the technology itself, but it really soured how they feel about Uber,” and how the company handled its aftermath, Boerer said.

The survey, which includes data and excerpts from its 795 respondents, finds Pittsburghers still feel safer alongside self-driving cars than those driven by their human counterparts, but would support better policy that’s more clearly communicated to the public. Just over 1,100 people responded to a similarly worded survey in 2017.