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U.S. drivers wary of fully autonomous vehicles

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California may be home to many technology companies leading the way in the development of autonomous vehice technologies but that does not necessarily mean that every person in the state or even the nation is yet ready to embrace these changes. A study conducted by AAA indicates a high level of hesitation among drivers when they think about riding in or sharing the road with fully autonomous vehicles.

Ouf of the people surveyed, AAA found that 78 percent were actually scared of riding in a self-driving car. The reasons for this fear may vary but one of them may well be the newness of the technology. Sixty percent of those surveyed indicated they felt that the technology used in autonomous vehicles has not been around long enough to be proven safe or trusted. More than half of the respondents, 54 percent in fact, said they would actually consider themselves less safe on the road if sharing it with self-driving cars. Only 10 percent said they might feel more safe if self-driving cars were on the road with them.

It is important to note that consumers were not totally against self-driving technology but particularly the fully self-driving cars. Even though 84 percent of people felt they trusted their driving more than the driving of a fully autonomous car, 59 percent said they would want at least some autonomous features in their next vehicles.

Whether an accident involves a self-driving car or a human-driven car, Californians involved in crashes might find it helpful to learn about compensation options from talking with an attorney.

Source: Space Coast Daily, "New AAA Survey Reveals Americans Feel Unsafe Sharing The Road With Fully Self-Driving Cars," March 11, 2017

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