With autonomous vehicles gaining more freedom to operate on open roads in California, some pedestrians and fellow motorists aren’t exactly welcoming. Earlier this week, General Motors’ fleet of self-driving Chevy Bolt EVs managed to spark rage in Californians, according to mandatory incident reports filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Pedestrians and Bolt

As an accident report found in the Los Angeles Times outlines, damage was caused by a pedestrian to a Bolt EV as the vehicle was waiting for a crosswalk to clear before turning onto a street in San Francisco. The report notes, “A different pedestrian from the southwest corner of Valencia and 16th street ran across Valencia Street, against the ‘do not walk’ symbol, shouting, and struck the left side of the Cruise AV’s rear bumper and hatch with his entire body.” In a separate incident, a Chevy Bolt EV, under autonomous control, stopped behind a taxi, at which point the taxi driver exited his vehicle, approached the Bolt, and proceeded to slap the front passenger window, causing a scratch. It wasn’t clear as to whether this was a reaction to an unstated incident between the cab driver and the Cruise AV.

16th street and valencia

Predictions of when people will be ready to completely adopt fully-autonomous cars at Level 4 and 5, versus when the cars will be available to the public doesn’t seem to even out. While the technology has advanced tremendously in the past couple of years, much further than most predicted, there have been some very expansive surveys done to determine if consumers are ready, and they simply aren’t. A study done by the Pew Research Center revealed “a slight majority of Americans would not want to ride in a driverless vehicle if given the chance; safety concerns, lack of trust lead their list of concerns.” Another survey by the University of Michigan found that only 15 percent of people would prefer autonomous vehicles to traditional human-driven cars.

chevy bolt ev

It comes as no surprise that since we’re still in the beginning stages of this type of technology in modern society, there are going to be some kinks to iron out. That said, any notion that a vast majority of the population will be totally fine with autonomous vehicles roaming the streets less than five years from now is highly optimistic. The adjustment period and social learning curve to adopt fully-autonomous tech is going to take some serious time. More stories like the ones in California are bound to happen in the near future, revealing more variables in human/self-driving car equation.