Report: Most Motorists Fear Driverless Vehicles

A new national survey by the auto club AAA finds that most drivers say they would be frightened of riding in an autonomous vehicle.

Automakers, including Detroit’s Big 3, are making significant investments in autonomous technology.


They like the components…But I think they’re afraid to give up the entire control of the car.” – AAA Managing Director of Engineering John Nielsen


The managing director of engineering for AAA Automotive is John Nielsen.

He says most of the drivers surveyed, no matter their age, did not embrace the idea of a “driverless” car.

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Even some academics say cars are quickly becoming rolling computers.

And Nielsen says consumers do want the kind of new technology that powers autonomous vehicles.

They like the components,” Nielsen said. “So they like collision awareness or they might like self-parking. But I think they’re afraid to give up the entire control of the car. And as a result they’re hesitant.”

Nielsen says more women than men fear riding in a driverless car.

He tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter that drivers in the millennial age bracket also fear autonomous vehicles will carry a larger-than-usual price tag.


Click on the audio link above to hear the entire interview


Image credit: Quinn Klinefelter/WDET

About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.  

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