Surveys Disagree on American Appetites for Driverless Vehicles

A survey of more than 2,000 people by the Consumer Technology Association found that approximately 70% of those surveyed were ready to try a driverless vehicle. However, another survey by the University of Michigan led to drastically different results: in that survey, fewer than 16% of those surveyed were open to completely autonomous vehicles. A third survey conducted by Kelley Blue Book found that 51% of people want to retain full control of their vehicles–even if it wasn’t as safe. A final survey from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, involving more than 40 face-to-face interviews, found that although more than one third (36%) were enthusiastic about the new technology, nearly one fifth (18%) were “extremely unlikely” to set in a driverless vehicle. General consensus is that people will get more excited about this new technology the more that they learn about it, but for now the reviews are mixed.

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