US: study sees drivers ready to give up control image

Automakers, as much as technology companies, tout advanced autonomous vehicles as the next big leap for the still young automotive industry. And it looks like American motorists are ready to jump on the bandwagon.

According to a new study, conducted by website, a whopping 86% of licensed US drivers are ready to give total control to their future self-driving car if the procedure involves lower insurance rates. And even without the incentive – about 75% of American motorists would at least consider the prospect of purchasing an autonomous car.

“People are aware that they already drive cars controlled partly by computers,” said Managing Editor Des Toups. “Now they see features like collision avoidance on new models and hear about Google cars hitting the roads in a couple of years. An autonomous car is not science fiction anymore.”

All in all though, about 60% of the 2,000 licensed drivers involved in the research, were skeptical that a computer would be able in the near future to match the decision-making capability of a human driver. More so, about 75% said they would hesitate in allowing a fully autonomous vehicle take their children to school – especially in their absence. While self-driving cars are set to become an integral part of our lives, possibly their dominance will not be so soon ascertained.