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New report: Americans feel unsafe sharing the road with fully self-driving cars

Posted at 7:34 AM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 13:10:32-05

A new report from AAA shows that a majority of drivers in the U.S. look for autonomous driving technology in their next car, but they are fearful of a fully self-driving car.

Self-driving cars have been promoted as being safer, the survey found that three quarters of U.S. drivers felt afraid to ride in a self-driving car.

In addition, the survey also found:

·       Fifty-four percent of U.S. drivers feel less safe at the prospect of sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle, while thirty-four percent feel it wouldn’t make a difference and only ten percent say they would feel safer.

o   Women are more likely to feel less safe than men.

o   Baby Boomers are more likely to feel less safe than Generation X or millennials.

·       Fifty-nine percent of U.S. drivers want autonomous vehicle technology in their next vehicle, while twenty-five percent do not and 16 percent are unsure.

o   Millennials are the most likely to want the technologies, compared to Generation X and Baby Boomers.

·       Three-quarters of Americans are afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle.

o   Baby Boomers are more likely to be afraid than millennials and Generation X drivers. 

While the majority are afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle, the survey also found that fifty-nine percent of Americans are interested in having autonomous features in their next vehicle. The survey found that American drivers are ready to embrace autonomous technology, but they are not yet ready to give up full control.