Consumers Warming To Self-Driving Vehicles

A new study finds consumers are warming to the idea of self-driving cars.

On the heels of Elon Musk’s announcement that Tesla owners will soon be able to stream Netflix and YouTube, with streaming while moving to become available once fully self-driving cars are approved by regulators, has released the 2019 State of Self-Driving Cars Report.

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

If human drivers are the cause of most car accidents, then self-driving cars could be the solution to making our roads safer, says Laura Adams, safety and education analyst at  



Still, many are skeptical about the safety of autonomous cars. decided to look into the state of consumer perceptions of self-driving cars. 

The survey found 67% of Americans believe self-driving cars will be safer than human-operated cars -- and 44% say that if a self-driving Uber car picked them up, they would get in. 

The support for autonomous vehicles is, however, tempered with caution, with 87% of respondents saying a licensed driver should be behind the wheel ready to take control if needed. Thirty-five percent say they would never drive in a self-driving car, but 2% of that group answered in the affirmative that they will be safer.

Many cars already have one element of self-driving technology: cruise control.  Thirty percent of those surveyed say cruise control makes the roads safer, while 20% say it makes the roads less safe. A slight majority -- 51% -- say cruise control results in roads that are no safer or less safe. 

The survey was conducted online using Survey Monkey with 1,055 polled, spanning across the United States. The demographics of those polled represented a broad range of household income, geographic location, age, and gender.

Survey results show that, while it's still a controversial issue, many people are warming to the idea of autonomous cars, Adams says.

Automation in motor vehicles is not new.  “Autonomous and semi-autonomous features are already being incorporated into many cars on the road, particularly luxury vehicles,” Adams states. 

Features like lane steer assist, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and forward-collision warning are designed to make vehicles safer and mitigate collisions. 

“Technologies will undoubtedly continue to improve and become more popular in the years ahead,” Adams states. “Disruption is on the horizon — but the question is to what extent.” 

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  1. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , August 10, 2019 at 11:09 p.m.

    This is Bogus.  Yesterday there was a survey  that said 71% want nothing to do with Auto-tonomous  cars.  NOBODY but tech geeks want this.  I don't know one person of any age who wants to ride in one , much less own one.  These are Dead Before Arrival.
    In three years of following this , there has never been a price tag added to the price of the car for this disaster.   I say $17,000-22,000 per car.  The public has no interest.  Plus your car now looks like the Ghost Buster  Ambulance...............Just a  plain dumb idea!!!

  2. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, August 11, 2019 at 7:16 p.m.

    Mark, the same study found that 87% of the respondents felt that an experienced driver should always sit behind the wheel, ready to take over in case of a problem. Sort of defeats the purpose of a driverless car---doesn't it?

  3. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , August 11, 2019 at 10:32 p.m.

    And also within 30 days, some company who wants to create a "locomotive" truck that will be the lead for the  the trucks following it's lead.  The company said there was no substitute for the experience and observations of a professional truck driver to guide the lead truck.   Can't have it both ways.
    The losses these companies are going to experience, some may not recover .

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