As the likes of Google, Tesla and Uber invest in a future of self-driving cars, the American public is less interested in utilizing the technology than it was last year according to data collected by . Less than half of Americans (43% total) identified themselves as either very interested or somewhat interested, down from 53% in 2017.
Why the change in perception? Among people not very interested or not at all interested, safety concerns were cited as reasons by 71%, compared to 65% last year. Notably, there have been a few high-profile accidents involving self-driving cars, including two that were fatal in March. After safety concerns, a lack of familiarity (23%), cost/budget (21%) and bad publicity (12%) were cited in mass as dissuasive factors. Interestingly, 24% of the people surveyed noted that they’ll be interested in self-driving cars eventually but that at this early phase they’re not interested in being guinea pigs.
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“Based on consumer perceptions, our survey reveals an uncertain future for self-driving cars,” says Dan Durazo, director of communications, Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Many Americans are far from being convinced that self-driving cars can be operated safely on our streets. As our Future of Travel survey last year indicated, more travelers would feel safer on a rocket to space than being a passenger in a self-driving vehicle.”
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