As Driverless-Car Crashes Mount, Fear of Riding in Them Rises, Too
Americans have been shaken by crashes of driver-less cars and their semi-autonomous counterparts, two recent surveys show.
A Brookings Institution online survey found that 61% of Americans said they were not inclined to ride in self-driving cars. A poll done by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety found that 69% of those surveyed said they were concerned about sharing the road with autonomous cars.
“We do believe the autonomous vehicle has tremendous potential, but if untested vehicles are let loose into the marketplace, you are going to potentially turn consumers off,” said Jack Gillis, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America.