US: autonomous autos have women cautious, says new study image

Women in the United States are more cautious about the idea of owning a self-driving vehicle than men because of safety concerns, a new study has found recently.

Even as the safety concerns make women wary of driverless cars, across both sexes there’s a deep and wide acceptance of new technologies such as emergency braking and blind-spot detection or pedestrian alert, all of whom allow today’s cars to evolve slowly into tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles. NerdWallet, a personal finance website, made last month a survey of 1,028 randomly chosen Americans, finding that while 50 percent of men said they would own one day a self-driving car, only 37 percent of women agreed to the concept. Also, more than half the interviewed women (55%) were wary about the safety of the autonomous vehicles, naming it as the biggest drawback. In turn, just 37 percent of men had similar concerns. Additionally, no less than 44 percent of men and 23 percent of women believe driverless cars will not have “driving fun.” When it comes to age discrepancies – though autonomous cars are cited as a way of having elder people at the “wheel” easier – just 41 percent of people above 30 years said they were “very” or “somewhat” interested in owning an autonomous vehicle – as opposed to 53 percent in the 18 to 29 years category.

And, while researchers touted the possibility of having autonomous cars as personal deliver vehicles – to carry their children to school even without their presence – the reality is that only 6 percent of the interviewed said they would let their children ride unaccompanied in driverless cars.