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 www.gen-pop.com 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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