Almost nine of 10 adults in the U.S. would worry about riding in driverless cars, says new Harris Poll survey. Findings could slow down OEMs’ race to bring driverless vehicles to the marketplace.
Major concerns were safety, reliability, and privacy. Latest study of several pointing to motorists’ discomfort with autonomous vehicles.
- Consumers not ready for autonomous vehicles until OEMs show equipment is safe from software problems
- 79% of the 2,039 respondents feared equipment — such as sensors or braking software — would fail at some point
- 59% expressed concerns about liability issues
- 52% percent raised concerns of hackers getting control of vehicle
- 37% raised privacy concerns — afraid that auto companies, insurers, advertisers, and the government might collect personal data
- Less than one in eight survey said they’d be comfortable in an autonomous vehicle