New study shows more Americans becoming comfortable with self-driving cars

Around two-thirds of Americans believe that self-driving vehicles will be safer than human-operated cars

August 12, 2019
self-driving vehicles; autonomous vehicles

A new study from DriversEd.com shows that about two-thirds (67%) of Americans believe that self-driving vehicles will be safer than human-operated cars.

The online drivers education provider decided to look into the state of self-driving cars to find out how comfortable the country is with the idea of an autonomous vehicle

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, human error accounts for 94% of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S., while only 2% is due to vehicle component failure or degradation.

The survey also found that 44% of respondents say that if a self-driving ride-share car picked them up, they would get in; 30% say cruise control makes the roads safer, while 20% say less safe and 51% say no safer or less safe; and 35% say they would never drive in a self-driving car.

The support for autonomous vehicles is, however, tempered with caution as 87% of respondents said a licensed driver should be behind the wheel ready to take control if needed.

While still a contentious issue, the results of the survey indicate progress in the area of swaying public opinion in favor of self-driving vehicles.

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SOURCE: DriversEd.com

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