3. Almost 9 in 10 Americans Would Worry About Riding in Driverless Cars

The Detroit Bureau

Speed Read:

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.

Drill-Down Details:

  • 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
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