The first versions of General Motors autonomous vehicles, due by 2020, will drive themselves only on controlled-access highways. Don’t count on them to avoid accidents on their own; it will be up to a licensed driver to avoid the deer. The reasons are parts technological, regulatory, and psychological.
‘‘The technology’s probably doable, but how do we implement it, how do we regulate it and how do we standardize it?’’ said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at Edmunds.com. What’s more, ‘‘there are certain people who want to be in control and they don’t want driving taken away from them.’’
The cautiousness in developing fully autonomous technology, like that envisioned by Google, reflects what GM says is a realistic view of what consumers will accept. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.