People Are Less Afraid of Self-Driving Cars, AAA Study Says

The Drive – Americans are less fearful of self-driving cars than they were a year ago, according to a new AAA study. But fears of autonomous cars remain quite high, the study said, raising questions about how companies will win over a skeptical public.

Of those AAA surveyed, 63 percent said they would be afraid of riding in a fully-autonomous vehicle. While that is high, it's down from 78 percent in early 2017. Just 28 percent of survey respondents said they would trust a self-driving car, while 9 percent said they were unsure. This is the third year AAA has conducted this study, but it's the first time researchers have noticed a dip in negative feelings toward self-driving cars. However, they are unsure about the cause.

"It's tough to say... we're talking about an emotion," Greg Brannon, AAA's automotive engineering director, told The Drive. He said one factor might be the rise of driver-assist systems, such as adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking, which me be getting people used to the idea of giving up (some) control.

Read more at The Drive.

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