71% of Americans Still Leery of Self-Driving Cars

March 14, 2019


Seven in 10 Americans don’t want to go anywhere near self-driving cars.

The portion of Americans who fear autonomous vehicles — 71% in AAA’s latest survey — virtually is unchanged from a year ago and up 8 percentage points from 2017. While public skepticism isn’t new, its consistency is noteworthy. Last year’s survey, in which 73% expressed anxiety about self-driving cars, came out just nine weeks after an autonomous test vehicle operated by Uber Technologies Inc. killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz.

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