Just a quarter of UK motorists would trust driverless cars, reveals survey

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2nd October 2019 17:21 - Automotive

Just a quarter of UK motorists would trust driverless cars: A survey by the AA has revealed that while seven in ten (71%) UK motorists have heard about the concept of driverless vehicles, less than a quarter (23%) would trust a vehicle to drive by itself while they were inside it. 

The survey of 21,039 motorists also found that almost two-thirds (63%) would be ‘lost’ if they didn't have their car - a figure that increased to 70% amongst female respondents - 59% for male drivers. 

When thinking about the prospect of a driverless car, 87% said they had concerns relating to real-time situations that might occur on the road that were not anticipated by software programmers, while two-thirds said they enjoy the experience of driving their vehicle themselves. 

When it comes to improvements to in-car technology, almost six in 10 (59%) said that they were in favour of adaptive cruise control, while slightly fewer (58%) said they would like advanced automatic emergency braking, and 46% want a 'lane keep assist' function.

Almost seven in ten (69%) said that cars should know the speed limit at all times and flag a warning if a driver exceeds it, however 13% disagreed. 

AA president, Edmund King, said:“The car has been pretty much the same for one hundred years, but the next decade will see more change than in the previous fifty years. There is no doubt that technological advances can and will save lives and enhance mobility for the elderly, disabled and the young.”

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