AAA: Most Americans Still Afraid Of Driverless Cars

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, Automotive Editor - January 25, 2018

According to a new study from the American Automobile Association, drivers in the US are starting to come around to autonomous cars, but the majority are still wary of the technology.

AAA's latest findings reveal that 63 percent of American drivers report that they're afraid to ride in a fully-autonomous vehicle. While that's a large figure, the number decreased from last year. AAA found that 78 percent of drivers reported feeling afraid to ride in a self-driving car in 2017.

Male and millennial drivers were found to be the most trusting demographic, as only half of the participants stated that they were afraid to go for a ride in a driverless vehicle.

When it comes to sharing the road with autonomous vehicles, drivers aren't warming up to the idea. In the association's survey, only 13 percent of drivers claimed that they would feel safer if they shared the road with driverless vehicles. The majority of drivers, 46 percent, stated that they would feel less safe if autonomous cars were on the road.

AAA's survey also found that women are more likely than men (73 percent versus 52 percent) to be afraid to ride in a self-driving car. Women also feel less safe sharing the road with autonomous cars than men (44 percent against 36 percent.) Unlike millenials, 68 percent of baby boomers reported being afraid to go on a ride when the car is doing all of the driving.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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