Views on driverless cars mixed; safety still a concern
Two recent surveys on autonomous vehicles showed mixed views among drivers.
In a University of Michigan study, 68 percent of respondents said completely driverless cars would have fewer accidents, but 67 percent said they would be concerned about driving one. Security and performance were particular concerns. Still, 44 percent said they would be very or somewhat interested in owning a completely driverless car.
The drivers surveyed by Insurance.com were more enthusiastic, with more than three-quarters saying they would be very likely to buy or would at least consider buying an autonomous car. The number rose to 86 percent if the car had cheaper insurance because of better safety.
Nearly a third of Insurance.com respondents said they would not continue driving themselves if an autonomous car were available. But 76 percent said they would not trust a driverless car to take their children to school.Download Bulletin PDF