Survey finds most Americans would not trust riding in self-driving vehicles

Consumers want more public information on key issues surrounding self-driving vehicles

March 06, 2020
autonomous vehicles

A new AAA survey on automated vehicles reveals that only one in 10 drivers (12%) would trust riding in a self-driving car.

According to AAA, even more Americans (28%) do not know how they feel about the technology, signaling consumers are stuck in neutral on the road to accepting 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 10 (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.

Automated vehicles are still decades away from hitting the roads, but AAA says it conducts research like this study and others to help inform and encourage the industry, media, and policymakers to find ways to help consumers connect better with advanced vehicle technology.