Do People Want Self-Driving Cars In Their Neighborhoods?

A recent survey of 1,100 California residents found that more than half of all residents surveyed (57%) said they don’t want autonomous vehicles on the streets of their neighborhoods. Less than one in four (23%) said it would be OK, and about one in five (19%) said they weren’t sure. State residents expressed similar views when asked about the relative safety of self-driven cars. More than half (57%) said they would feel “unsafe” or “very unsafe” riding in such a car, 28% said they would feel “safe” or “very safe,” and 15% said they were not sure. Finally, a Pew Research poll released in October found that 53% of respondents are “somewhat” or “very” worried about driverless vehicles.

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