Study: Trust in self-driving vehicles declines

Posted at 12:57 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 12:57:16-04

The amount of faith placed into self-driving vehicles has declined, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). 

AAA says consumer trust in autonomous vehicles has decreased by 10 percent since late last year. A study by AAA says that 73 percent of consumers are too afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle. The study also reports that 63 percent of U.S. adults feel less safe sharing the road with an autonomous vehicle while walking or riding a bicycle. 

High profile crashes involving self-driving cars has put a dent in consumers trust.

"Despite their potential to make our roads safer in the long run, consumers have high expectations for safety," said Greg Brannon, AAA's director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations. "Our results show that any incident involving an autonomous vehicle is likely to shake consumer trust, which is a critical component to the widespread acceptance of autonomous vehicles."

The number of millennial drivers too afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle jumped from 49 percent to 64 percent since late 2017, representing the largest increase of any generation surveyed.


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