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Driverless car switch will never happen, says a third of UK adults

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A new poll suggests that a third of UK adults has said we will “never switch to driverless cars”. 

According to a poll from IMechEA, a third of UK adults think we will never switch to having only driverless cars on the roads.

60% of people also said that they would always prefer to drive themselves rather than use a self-driving vehicle.

Open Access Government reports that the Public Perceptions: Driverless Cars poll, which follows a similar survey by the Institution in 2017, found the public remains wary of driverless technology with two-thirds of people uncomfortable with the idea of travelling in an autonomous car, the same level as two years ago.

“Consumer confidence is essential for autonomous technology to succeed, but if anything, that confidence has waned in the last two years. During that time, there have been very few controlled trials on our roads to allow people to experience the vehicles at first hand. As engineers, we remain convinced of the need to explore the potential advantages the technology offers,” Open Access Government reports Dr Colin Brown, Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said.

According to Open Access Government the poll found attitudes towards autonomous technology varying significantly by gender, age and by region. A third of men are comfortable about travelling in a driverless vehicle, whilst less than one-fifth of women say the same. It also found 42% of people aged between 18 and 24 feel confident about being an occupant in a driverless car, compared 11% for those aged 75 and over.


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