Study Finds Drivers Less Fearful of Automated Cars

Self-driving vehicles are a major topic among American motorists; and, while most people still aren't comfortable with them, a new survey shows that number is falling. 

According to a new AAA survey, 63 percent of U.S. motorists are afraid to ride in a self-driving car, and that's a significant decrease from 78 percent in early 2017. 

The survey showed that millennial and male drivers are most willing to purchase a vehicle with semi-autonomous features; however, over half reported there is still a fear associated with riding in a fully autonomous vehicle.

While riding in self-driving vehicle is a futuristic concept for most, testing of these vehicles in the United States means that sharing the road with an automated vehicle is an increasing near-term possibility. 

In this situation, drivers remain leery of self-driving vehicles. 

In AAA’s survey, only 13 percent of U.S. drivers report that they would feel safer sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle while nearly half would actually feel less safe. Others say they are indifferent or unsure.

AAA’s survey also offered insights as to why some motorists are reluctant to purchase advanced vehicle technology. 

The survey indicated that most trust their driving skills more than the technology, despite the fact that research shows more than 90 percent of crashes involve human error.


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