Only 38% of Americans feel Autonomous Vehicles will be Safer

Only 38% of Americans feel Autonomous Vehicles will be Safer

Only 38% of Americans feel Autonomous Vehicles will be Safer

The FINANCIAL -- The United States, which is undeniably a car-culture, is skeptical of autonomous vehicles. Fewer than four in 10 feel they will make driving safer according to a newly-released study conducted at the end of 2017.

A similar number disagree and roughly a quarter of Americans are unsure.

This is just one finding from a new Ipsos study about views of autonomous vehicles. Americans see many benefits as more likely than safety. A majority said that they would find AVs more relaxing, easier, comfortable and enjoyable.

Overall Americans are evenly split between those who are in favor of AVs (22%) and can’t wait to use them and those who claim they will never use them under any circumstances (24%). A slight majority is taking a wait-and-see approach, expressing both interest and uncertainty.

In terms of regulation, more trust (36%) companies that design and manufacture self-driving cars to self-regulate than trust the government or public authorities (24%) to regulate these vehicles.