Only 38% of Americans feel Autonomous Vehicles will be Safer

New Ipsos study shows skepticism about self-driving cars.

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  • Matt Carmichael Ipsos, US
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The United States, which is undeniably a car-culture, is skeptical of autonomous vehicles. Fewer than four in 10 feel they will make driving safer according to a newly-released study conducted at the end of 2017. A similar number disagree and roughly a quarter of Americans are unsure.

This is just one finding from a new Ipsos study about views of autonomous vehicles. Americans see many benefits as more likely than safety. A majority said that they would find AVs more relaxing, easier, comfortable and enjoyable.

Overall Americans are evenly split between those who are in favor of AVs (22%) and can’t wait to use them and those who claim they will never use them under any circumstances (24%). A slight majority is taking a wait-and-see approach, expressing both interest and uncertainty.

In terms of regulation, more trust (36%) companies that design and manufacture self-driving cars to self-regulate than trust the government or public authorities (24%) to regulate these vehicles.

The study was conducted as part of a special feature which will launch next week at about the Future of Mobility.

These are the findings from an Ipsos poll conducted November 27 and December 8, 2017. For the survey, a sample of 1,002 adults ages 18 and over from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online, in English. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of ±3.5 percentage points for all respondents surveyed.

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  • Matt Carmichael Ipsos, US

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