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Consumers Remain Leery of Self-Driving Cars

Tue., Nov. 19, 2013

Drivers in the U.S. apparently want to keep their hands on the wheel after all.

According to a survey of 1,000 adults conducted for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in Warren, N.J., only 18 percent of consumers queried said they’d purchase an autonomous vehicle. Why? Two-thirds said they wouldn’t feel safe being a “hands off” driver, while only 22 percent would feel confident allowing their loved ones to ride in a self-piloting car.

Ironically, the Chubb report found that the same consumers would choose a model that comes with some or all of what are essentially the building blocks engineers are assembling to create driverless cars.

For example, 77 percent expressed a preference for a forward collision warning system that would that can automatically apply the brakes to avoid or at least minimize the effects of a crash, nearly 70 percent would consider adaptive cruise control that maintains both a set speed and distance from the traffic ahead and 33 percent expressed a preference for a self-parking system that automatically steers the vehicle into an open spot.


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