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Poll: Americans Divided on Self-Driving Cars

A new survey shows that most Americans have mixed feelings about self-driving vehicles, according to an article by U.S. News.

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A new survey shows that most Americans have mixed feelings about self-driving vehicles, according to an article by U.S. News.

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While there are some concerns with autonomous vehicles including safety and collision liability, there are also many potential benefits, according to the article.

In April, engineering firm HNTB polled a random sample of more than 1,000 Americans of legal driving age about their thoughts on self-driving vehicles.

The results showed that 57% of respondents familiar with the vehicles would be willing to ride in them and 51% consider them safer than people-driven vehicles.

Those who expressed reservations about the technology were most concerned about:

  • Liability in collisions (56%)
  • Cybersecurity, or the possible hacking of the vehicles (53%)

People also expressed concern about the initial costs of updating infrastructure for the vehicles, equal access to them and continued funding.

While 58% of those polled believe that autonomous vehicles will be “commonplace” within the next 10 years, that percentage fell significantly from 2018, when 70% of respondents thought the vehicles would be a familiar sight within the next 15 years.

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