73% of Americans Think Self Driving Cars Are Unsafe

Self driving cars are among the most advanced vehicles out there, and they have the potential to change the way we drive. Some industry leaders like Elon Musk have suggested that self driving cars are the way of the future because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making transportation more accessible. In spite of the fact that this is the case, it seems like the majority of Americans find these cars to be quite unsafe.

A survey conducted by Policygenius revealed that 73% of Americans don’t feel safe in self driving cars, but with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that this also has to do with others on the road. One thing that people are concerned about is that drivers in self driving cars wouldn’t keep their eyes on the road. That would result in them potentially getting into accidents due to their lack of awareness.

This information comes at an interesting time, with major car manufacturers pouring in billions to try to come with their own autonomous vehicles. Ford alone is investing $7 billion into this new product, with GM also saying that it plans to spend around $2 billion with all things having been considered and taken into account.

Regardless of this push, 80% of Americans said that they wouldn’t even consider buying an autonomous car. This suggest a hesitance among consumers that might prevent autonomous cars from becoming the powerhouse that industry leaders are hoping for.

The dangers of self driving cars are unclear at this point, with many studies showing divergent results. Some suggest that autonomous vehicles can reduce road accidents because all cars would be driving efficiently. Others highlight imperfections in the algorithms that have resulted in some autonomous cars not detected people in front of them, thereby almost running them over.

Whatever the case, consumer confidence is at an all time low. That might change the course of the automotive industry for the foreseeable future, at least as far as American buyers are concerned.

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