AAA automated vehicle survey finds only 12 percent trust the transportation

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Recently released American Automobile Association (AAA) automated vehicle survey results maintain 12 percent of drivers trust riding in a self-driving car, while 28 percent are uncertain about the technology.

AAA officials said the effort indicates consumers are stuck in neutral on the road to accepting self-driving cars, determining consumer sentiment of automated vehicles will be driven by tangible information on key issues, such as quality education and experience.

“Knowing how people truly feel about self-driving cars will help the industry to identify the steps needed to move consumers towards greater acceptance,” Greg Brannon, the AAA’s Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations director, said.

The survey was conducted Jan. 17-19, 2020, using a probability-based panel representative of the nation’s overall household population, providing sample coverage of approximately 97 percent of the household population.

A total of 1,301 interviews were completed among adults 18 years of age or older.

The AAA said the survey revealed 57 percent of Americans would like to have a clear understanding of who will be legally responsible in the event of a crash with a self-driving vehicle while 51 percent are interested in laws to make sure self-driving cars are safe. Another 49 percent want to know how vulnerable they will be to hackers.