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Survey suggests British people want autonomous cars as “designated driver”

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A new survey suggests that British people would use a driverless car when they’re over the drink-drive limit, but would not trust them to do the school run.

Ten thousand drivers were asked in which circumstances they would use a driverless car – and the results say that “pioneers of this new automotive tech may still have some convincing to do.”

Long-distance travel took the top spot, with 34% of Brits saying they’d welcome a break from driving during lengthy journeys – suggesting there’s some support for welcoming self-driving cars onto the UK’s roads.

29% of survey participants admitted they’d be most interested in using a driverless car while under the influence, while
a quarter of all respondents, and 40% of people living in the South West of England, said they’d be most likely to rely on a driverless car after dark.

Just 15% of Brits said they’d be happy to delegate the school run to a driverless car, while 6% said they wouldn’t use a driverless car under any circumstances.

The survey was for dealership Citygate and Steven Crouch, Marketing Manager, said, “with the rapid growth in technology supporting us in our day to day lives, making us safer on the roads seems to be a big priority for UK drivers.  Whether it’s after a night out or a long journey, drivers want to look after themselves and others around them – but it appears that, when it comes to their kids, Brits would rather stay in the driver’s seat.”

A full breakdown of the data is available here.


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