3/2/2016

Study Shows Americans Fear Self-Driving Cars—for Now

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Three out of four U.S. drivers are afraid to ride in a fully autonomous car and only 20% would trust a vehicle to drive itself, according to a new study conducted by AAA.

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Three out of four U.S. drivers are afraid to ride in a fully autonomous car and only 20% would trust a vehicle to drive itself, according to a new study conducted by AAA.

At the same time, three in five respondents say they want at least one autonomous feature on their next vehicle. This includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and self-parking technology. And people who own vehicles with such features are 75% more likely to trust the technology than first-time users.

Among drivers who want these features on their next vehicle, AAA found, the primary motivations are safety (84%), followed by convenience (64%), reducing stress (46%) and wanting the latest technology (30%).