63% Afraid To Ride In Self-Driving Vehicle, Down From 78%

More consumers are starting to warm to the idea of self-driving vehicles, but most still fear riding in one.

The majority (63%) of U.S. drivers are afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle, a decrease from 78% a year ago, according to the annual AAA survey of 1,000 U.S. drivers.

There were some demographic differences.

Millennials were found to be the most trusting, with 49% afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle, down from 73% a year ago, while the majority (68%) of baby boomers are afraid, down from 85% a year ago.

More women (73%) than men (52%) are likely to be afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle.

“Americans are starting to feel more comfortable with the idea of self-driving vehicles,” stated Greg Brannon, AAA automotive engineering and industry relations director. “Compared to just a year ago, AAA found that 20 million more U.S. drivers would trust a self-driving vehicle to take them for a ride.”

Fewer than a third (28%) of drivers would trust a self-driving vehicle and 9% are unsure.

For sharing the road with self-driving vehicles, 37% said it makes no difference, 13% would feel safer and 4% are unsure.

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2 comments about "63% Afraid To Ride In Self-Driving Vehicle, Down From 78%".
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  1. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , January 27, 2018 at 9 a.m.

    Hello?   Taking a ride in one is a long way from purchasing one, or using it is a primary taxi.
    I think they don't have the guts to run this survey, "Would you purchase a self driving car?"  And Let's add one caveat , THE PRICE TAG.  Don't bother with taking that survey, Here's your answer.  99.5% won't buy one.

  2. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin replied, January 27, 2018 at 10:36 a.m.

    The first uses are expected to be in ride-sharing vehicles rather than individually purchased cars, Mark. Hence the AAA use of "vehicles" rather than "cars" in the actual survey.

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