Relinquishing control of your auto to a soulless software system is never easy, but it appears that more drivers are warming up to the idea of autonomous vehicles.
Fisher pointed out that the AAA survey found that only 13 percent of USA drivers said they would feel safer sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle, and 46 percent said they would feel less safe.
Millennial and male drivers are most willing to purchase a vehicle with semi-autonomous features; however, over half reported there is still a fear associated with riding in a fully autonomous vehicle.
American drivers have started to warm up to the idea of autonomous cars, according to a recent AAA study.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett famously said he wouldn't ride in an autonomous vehicle on public roads because "the trust isn't real high" but it appears consumers are slowing warming to the technology. Some plan to have a larger percentage of their model lines include self-driving vehicle cars within a few years. In 2017, 78 percent of Americans stated that they were afraid to use a self-driving vehicle. Most trusttheir driving skills more than the technology (73 percent).
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"AAA found that US drivers are very confident in their abilities and that may help to explain why many are not ready to give up control behind the wheel", Townsend said.
Several automakers are teaming up with companies to test self-driving tech on public roads across the country.. They trust their own driving abilities despite the fact that 90 percent of vehicle accidents are caused by human error.
"Most drivers still enjoy the experience of getting behind the wheel of their own vehicle", continued Waiters.
Companies like Waymo are already testing self-driving vehicles on streets in places like Texas, Arizona, California and MI, and that appears to be making drivers anxious: Just 13 percent of survey respondents said they would feel safer sharing the road with autonomous vehicles, while 46 percent said they'd feel less safe, 37 percent were indifferent, and 4 percent were uncertain. When it comes to Baby Boomers, 68 percent now fear vehicle autonomy, but even that is down from a pretty decisive 85 percent in the 2017 survey. Some 46% say they'd feel less safe, AAA found.
Overall, women overwhelmingly consider themselves to be better-than-average drivers because they are cautious because they obey traffic laws.