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Over Seventy Percent of Americans Are Afraid of Getting into an Autonomous Vehicle


March 23, 2019

UNITES STATES – According to an online report from interestingengineering.com, per a report from AAA, most Americans fear getting into a self-driving vehicle.

The study associated with the report provides that rather than becoming used to the technology being available, they are shying away from it, due to fears of a lack of control.

The study results reveal that 71 percent of Americans indicate that they are fearful of riding in an autonomous car, which represents an increase from a 2017 study providing that 63 percent of those who responded had a similar sentiment.

AAA provides that the rationale behind these fears is that some autonomous vehicles have resulted in the death of a number of people.  Last year, a self-driving Uber car hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.  Despite a lawsuit over same, the judge recently issued a ruling that Uber is not criminally responsible for the accident.

In the same month as the above pedestrian accident, a driver of a Tesla died in a crash while the vehicle was in ‘autopilot’ mode.

“Automated vehicle technology is evolving on a very public stage and, as a result, it is affecting how consumers feel about it,” according to the AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations.

According to the study, not all self-driving vehicles cause fears, however.  Per the survey, 53 percent of American citizens indicated that they are less fearful of riding in a self-driving vehicle at low speeds in theme parts and in airports. 44 people indicated that they found it acceptable for self-driving cars to deliver food and various goods.

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Source:https://interestingengineering.com/most-americans-are-terrified-of-getting-in-a-self-driving-car

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