Americans have mixed feelings about benefits of driverless cars

Americans have mixed feelings about benefits of driverless cars

Just over half of Americans have positive views of driverless cars. This compares with 87 percent of Chinese and 84 percent of Indians. University of Michigan researchers also interviewed people in Australia, Japan and Great Britain. The U.S. had the highest percentage of negative views (16 percent) among the six countries.

The study found that 70 percent of Americans believe self-driving vehicles would reduce the number and severity of crashes, and 50 percent thought they would ease congestion and shorten travel times. Although 60 percent of Americans said they had concerns about riding in a completely autonomous vehicle, 66 percent said they are at least slightly interested in owning one.

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