Almost half of Brits think the introduction of driverless cars on UK roads would be a bad idea, according to a new study.
A survey of 2,000 UK adults by consumer website MoneySuperMarket found that 48% were unhappy about the idea of autonomous vehicles on the roads.
The reasons given included:
Fear of not being in control of their own vehicleLack of trust in the technologyDon’t think the cars would be safe.
Some drivers had concerns about how the technology would be used. More than a said they didn’t want driverless cars because they didn’t want to stop driving, while 10% said they were worried about how the government would use the data collected from driverless and connected vehicles.
Tom Flack, the editor-in-chief at MoneySuperMarket, said: “Although the goal with driverless cars is to create safer roads and stress-free driving, it’s understandable that people are sceptical as full control over their vehicle will be lost.
“There will no doubt be a transitional period where people get used to the new technology on offer but ultimately, we expect it to be a force for good, reducing accidents and bringing down the cost of motoring, including insurance. The ethical debate about who’s responsible in the event of an accident rumbles on and will need to be answered before autonomous vehicles hit the road.
“There are also a number of other positives that will come with the introduction of driverless cars, from having your vehicle act as a portable power generator, right through to driving tests eventually becoming redundant.”
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