- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A new survey by AAA finds most Americans are skittish about the idea of riding in a fully automated “driverless” car. 

“For all the talk of self-driving vehicles being safer and more efficient, the AAA poll conducted earlier this year reported 78 percent of respondents felt afraid to ride in a fully autonomous vehicle — a figure virtually unchanged from a similar study done in 2016,” Kelley Blue Book reported Monday on its website. “[O]nly 10 percent said they’d feel safer sharing the road with driverless cars.”

All the same, most poll respondents (59 percent) told AAA they would like certain automated features in their next automobile purchase such as automatic emergency braking or a feature whereby the car’s computer handles your parallel parking job, KBB noted.

For all the generation’s stereotypical embrace of all things high-tech, even most millennials (73 percent) expressed “some degree of trepidation” about full automation, KBB said.

The AAA survey results come on the heels of California proposing regulations that would allow testing of completely driverless vehicles on the Golden State’s public roadways without a human being sitting in the vehicle as a backup. Those regulations now are available for a 45-day public comment period, Bloomberg reported Friday, adding that state regulators anticipate the finalized guidelines to be in effect by the end of the year.



Michigan regulator passed similar testing guidelines for driverless vehicles in December, Bloomberg reported.

 

 

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