Report: More Americans willing to ride in self-driving cars

Posted at 9:52 AM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 09:52:01-05

According to a new study from AAA, more American drivers are willing to hop in a self-driving cars. 

The study found millennial and male drivers are more trusting of automated technology than female drivers. 73 percent of women are more likely to be afraid to ride in a self-driving car and feel less safe compared to 52 percent of men. 

Last year, 78 percent of U.S. drivers reported being apprehensive about self-driving cars. This year, the study revealed 63 percent of people had those feelings. That's a 15 percent drop since last year.

According to AAA's research, 73 percent of U.S. drivers consider themselves better-than-average drivers -- despite the fact that more than 90 percent of crashes involve human error.

“AAA found that American drivers are very confident in their driving abilities, which may explain some hesitation to give up full control to a self-driving vehicle,” said the AAA Automotive Engineering Director Greg Brannon. “Education, exposure and experience will likely help ease consumer fears as we steer toward a more automated future.”