New data shows British public are still skeptical of driverless cars


Data from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers suggests that the majority of the UK are mistrustful of driverless car technology. A survey of the British public found that two-thirds would be uncomfortable in a driverless car traveling at 112km/h.

In addition to this, the findings showed that the younger generation are more accepting of the technology, with 45% of 25-36-year-olds saying they would be comfortable. This is in comparison to 13% of 65-74-year-olds and 8% of the over-75s.

Despite 90% of UK road accidents being caused by driver error, the institute found that half of the participants believed humans are better drivers than automated vehicles.

Philippa Oldham, head of transport at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said, “It is vital for government and manufacturers develop a public campaign with more demonstrations and user trials to build awareness and trust in this technology.”

August 30, 2017


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