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Half of drivers do not trust driverless technology, finds

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Half of UK drivers do not trust driverless technology, a survey by Opinium has found.

The research of 2,000 drivers, commissioned by, found only 8% of respondents would feel safe travelling in a fully self-driving vehicle and 47% would want to be able to take over the controls.

Around one-fifth (18%) of respondents felt driverless cars are a great invention because they will allow more sections of society, like the elderly and those with disabilities, to be mobile and independent.

However, the survey found 14% would consider buying a driverless car in the future.

Ben Wooltorton, chief operating officer of, said: “There are many advantages to driverless vehicles not least because robots don’t get tired, lose concentration or drink alcohol, but for many the disadvantages still clearly outweigh the pros.

“It appears that there’s a long way to go before drivers will trust this new technology.”

The research found women were less likely to trust driverless technology than men (46% vs 55%), while the over-55s are twice as likely to mistrust it (62%) compared to the under-35s (30%).

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