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Poll suggests Americans deeply sceptical about driverless cars

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A new survey of American people’s attitudes to driverless cars suggests many are wary of the benefits of the technology and worry about safety aspects.

The poll, carried out for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety found 64% of those questioned expressed concern about sharing the road with driverless cars, and that this level of apprehension was approximately the same across the country, regardless of where people lived or which political party they supported.

Advocates, which is an alliance of public health, safety, and consumer organisations, insurers and insurance agents that promotes highway and auto safety, also found 63% of people surveyed are not comfortable with Congress increasing the number of driverless cars which do not meet existing federal vehicle safety standards and would be available for public sale.  It also found 75% oppose the disconnecting of controls such as the steering wheel, and brake and accelerator pedals when the vehicle is in autonomous mode.

You can read the full survey report here.

 
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