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US drivers still skeptical of autonomous vehicle tech

Only one in 10 US drivers (12%) would trust riding in a self-driving car, according to a new survey by the American Automobile Association (AAA).

Of the 1,301 interviewed for the survey, 28% said they don’t know how they feel about the technology, signaling consumers are still struggling to accept the idea of self-driving cars.

AAA believes consumer sentiment of automated vehicles will be driven by tangible information on key issues and, equally important, quality education and experience. 

Consumers told AAA that they have a desire to see more news stories or public information on key issues surrounding self-driving vehicles like safety and liability:

  • Six in ten (57%) Americans say they would like to have a clear understanding of who will be legally responsible in the event of a crash with a self-driving vehicle.
  • Half (51%) are interested about laws to make sure self-driving cars are safe.
  • Half (49%) want to know how vulnerable they will be to hackers.

Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations, said: “Knowing how people truly feel about self-driving cars will help the industry to identify the steps needed to move consumers towards greater acceptance.”

Automated vehicles are still decades away from hitting the roads, however AAA said it conducts research on driver sentiment to help inform and encourage the industry, media and policymakers to find ways to help consumers connect better with advanced vehicle technology.

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