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Motorists concerned about autonomous vehicles

Tuesday 03 January 2017, By Autovolo

Motorists concerned about autonomous vehicles

Motorists concerned about autonomous vehicles

More than half of motorists have concerns about riding in driverless cars, new research from Nissan has revealed.

The Japanese company surveyed 1,000 British adults and discovered that 55 per cent said they would feel “uncomfortable” about being driven in an autonomous vehicle.

More than half (53 per cent) of the respondents were worried that they would not be in control of the vehicle, while 49 per cent were fearful of a malfunction.

The survey did, however, reveal that some consumers thought that autonomous cars would improve the quality of life for some sections of society.

Fifty-six per cent believed that disabled people would be most likely to benefit from the new technology, while 30 per cent thought the elderly would see the biggest improvement.

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.”