People still don’t fully trust self-driving cars

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(AAA/WEHT) Self-driving cars are stuck in neutral on the road to acceptance.

A new study by AAA found that only about one in ten drivers (12%) would trust riding in a self-driving car. Even more Americans, 28 percent, don’t know how they feel about the technology.

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.

Seven in ten U.S. adults say they would feel safer riding in a self-driving car if they had the ability to take over control if something goes wrong. About 69 percent would feel safer if there was a human backup driver. Half would feel safer knowing the self-driving car has passed rigorous testing and inspections. Four in ten would feel safer after seeing or experiencing a demonstration prior to getting into a self-driving car.

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(This story was originally published on March 5, 2020)

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