Many see self-driving cars as the future; fewer are enthused

Many see self-driving cars as the future; fewer are enthused

More than one-third of U.S. adults surveyed in a Harris poll think self-driving cars are the future of driving and 24 percent think they are the designated drivers of the future. But one-third say they will never consider buying or leasing one.

Many survey respondents see benefits to self-driving vehicles: better fuel economy, more free time and increased productivity. But one-quarter of Americans donêt see any benefits.

Those surveyed see several drawbacks to autonomous cars: computer glitches (mentioned by 80 percent), added costs, higher cost to service, higher insurance costs and computer data breaches. One-third say theyêre an unnecessary luxury, and about almost as many feel theyêre something only rich people could afford.

One-fifth of survey respondents say they will consider buying or leasing a self-driving car once the bugs have been worked out. Seventeen percent say they will consider doing so once the price drops to a reasonable level. Millennials are the most likely to be interested.

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