Drivers interested in autonomous cars, but many want control
Eighty percent of vehicle owners are aware of autonomous vehicles, and 29 percent of them would be interested in having one someday, according to a new study by AutoPacific, Inc. They would even be willing to pay upwards of $4,000 for the technology.
Relaxation, safety and stress reduction are the top reasons people are interested in autonomous cars. The main reason others are not interested is that they enjoy driving and would prefer to drive themselves.
People who are interested in autonomous vehicles are technology lovers and believe an autonomous vehicle would be safer because the computer can drive more safely than they can, said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.
But consumers donêt trust the cars completely. More than 40 percent believe drivers should be required to keep their hands on the wheel.Download Bulletin PDF