Motorists Have Concerns About Driverless Cars

Survey Finds Motorists Have Concerns About Driverless Cars
More than half of British adults still have reservations about travelling in autonomous vehicles, according to new research. Nissan surveyed 1,000 British adults and found that 55 per cent said they would be “uncomfortable” travelling in a driverless car.

Almost half the respondents (49 per cent) said they feared a malfunction, while 53 per cent said they were concerned that they would not have full control of the vehicle.

However, the survey did reveal that members of the public think the new technology has its positives.  More than 60 per cent of respondents believed increased mobility was the biggest plus point for driverless cars, with 56 per cent citing disabled people as the most likely to benefit.

Meanwhile, 30 per cent thought elderly people would see the biggest change when autonomous vehicles are introduced.

Alex Smith, the managing director of Nissan GB, said: “Mass-market autonomous technologies are very much in their infancy, so the vast majority of drivers won’t have had the opportunity to experience life on the road with them. We’d expect some hesitancies about such a revolutionary change to how we drive our cars.

“However, these results are pleasantly optimistic, particularly with regards to identifying the benefits to users who will rely on the technology more, such as the elderly.”