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Mixed public views on driverless technology

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A new survey suggests that 28% of motorists are “excited” about the future of driverless cars.

Venson Automotive solutions asked people after last week’s budget announcement about driverless testing on British roads, in which George Osborne stated that the new trials will put Britain in a position to “lead the world in new technologies and infrastructure.”

But 30% of people questioned are concerned that the technology isn’t ready, with 34% casting doubt on the likelihood of testing happening as soon as 2017, simply because the public themselves aren’t ready for driverless cars.  43% think truck platooning is a sound investment.

“Overall, our survey shows that people feel positive about the future of the UK’s transport infrastructure and driverless cars, with many seeing the safety and environmental advantages that this new technology brings,” explains Simon Staton, Director of Client Management, at Venson Automotive Solutions.

“Interestingly 18% welcomed how driverless cars could benefit mobility for the disabled.  Naturally, people do have some concerns, which are mainly focused on the technology being ready, the hacking of technology and how data collected from driverless cars will be used by businesses and the government.”



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