AAA: Americans Feel ‘Unsafe’ Sharing the Road with Fully Self-Driving Cars

A majority of U.S. drivers continue to fear fully self-driving cars while at the same time seeking autonomous technologies in the next vehicle they buy, the American Automobile Association said in a news release March 7, citing a recent survey by the group.

The report follows a AAA release a week before claiming three-quarters of Americans are “afraid” to ride in a self-driving vehicle.

“With the rapid advancement towards autonomous vehicles, American drivers may be hesitant to give up full control,” John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair, said in the March 1 release.

“What Americans may not realize is that the building blocks towards self-driving cars are already in today’s vehicles and the technology is constantly improving and well-trusted by those who have experienced it.”

Among the study’s findings:

  • Baby Boomers are more likely to cite safety as a reason they want semi-autonomous features on their next vehicle (89 percent) than Millennials (78 percent).
  • Millennials are more likely to cite convenience (75 percent) and wanting the latest technology (36 percent) compared to older generations.
  • Women are more likely to cite reducing stress as a reason for wanting the technology (50 percent) than men (42 percent)

While the study reflects persistent public belief that fully autonomous vehicles may be less safe than those allowing a partial degree of human control, numerous scientists maintain the opposite is true.

 

 

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