• April 8th, 2021

In the past several years, numerous studies have examined public attitudes, beliefs, and acceptance of automated vehicles (AVs) with mixed results. Some studies found participants had positive sentiments about AVs, while other studies found participants had neutral or even negative opinions about such vehicles. In several studies, even those participants who agreed that AVs would offer potential benefits and had overall positive attitudes towards them expressed concern about AV-related issues, such as system equipment failure and vehicle performance in unexpected situations.

As a follow-up to a 2019 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study examining public understanding, expectations about AVs, and the rationales behind their distrust and discomfort towards vehicle automation, this brief aims to examine people’s trust in, adoption of, and concerns about different levels of AVs.

See the full brief here.