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Sixty per cent of motorists are scared of driverless vehicles

Monday 03 October 2016, By Autovolo

Sixty per cent of motorists are scared of driverless vehicles

Sixty per cent of motorists are scared of driverless vehicles

More than 60 per cent of motorists in the UK are afraid of driverless cars, research from the RAC has revealed.

Forming part of its annual Report on Motoring, the research revealed that 62 per cent of the 1,714 British drivers who participated were worried about the prospect of driverless cars being on the roads.

Autonomous vehicles being hacked was also a cause of concern for 66 per cent of respondents, while 70 per cent were worried about the reliability of the software used by driverless cars.

By contrast, only 27 per cent of UK motorists think autonomous cars will make roads safer.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “There is quite a high level of concern about driverless cars being on the roads: 62 per cent of motorists say they are scared by the prospect.

“This just shows what needs to be done in terms of changing people’s views, but it is worth pointing out that few people have qualms about jumping on a plane, which is flown – at least part of the way – autonomously.”

On a positive note, however, 62 per cent of survey respondents believe that autonomous cars will improve mobility of elderly and disabled people.

It was also the belief of 34 per cent of people that fully autonomous cars will be available to buy in the 2020s, while 21 per cent of respondents thought they would outnumber conventional vehicles by the year 2040.