Nearly 3 in 4 Americans say autonomous vehicle technology “is not ready for primetime”.
Self-driving cars are having a really rough time gaining our trust. The latest poll to affirm this deep distrust comes from Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), a coalition of industry players and nonprofits aimed at improving the public’s understanding of autonomous vehicles. A quick glance at the results reveals that they’ll have their work cut out for them.
- Nearly 3 in 4 Americans say autonomous vehicle technology “is not ready for primetime.”
- About 48 percent said they would never get in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle that was self-driving.
- Another 20 percent think autonomous vehicles will never be safe.
- Only 34 percent think the advantages of AVs will outweigh the disadvantages.
- Only 18 percent are eager to get on a waitlist for the first AV.
These were some of the findings to emerge from PAVE’s survey of 1,200 Americans, who were contacted by polling firm SurveyUSA between late February and early March 2020. But it could easily have been the results of any poll about self-driving cars taken over the last five years. A variety of auto-related groups like AAA, Kelley Blue Book, and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety have found similar skepticism in their polls.
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