Americans Have Trust Issues About Self-Driving Cars

There are many reasons self-driving cars could be great for our future. It would mean people with disabilities, including the blind, could potentially drive independently. It could mean a significant reduction in traffic collisions, because human error and distraction is removed from the equation. As Bill Nye opined, self-driving cars are a necessary first step to the proliferation of flying cars.

Yet with all this potential for good, 75 percent of Americans say they would be too scared to ride in an autonomous car.

Baby boomers and women were more likely to be afraid of self-driving technology, while younger generations and those who have driven cars with semi-autonomous features were more likely to accept it.

AAA suggests, based on the results of its survey, "gradual experience with these advanced features can ease consumer fears."

Indeed, 20 automakers pledged this month to make automatic emergency braking -- a "semi-autonomous" feature -- standard on all new vehicles no later than 2022. Some brands, like Volvo, have already done it. With some vehicular autonomy becoming widespread, it may not be long before we see total autonomous driving available here in Vermont.

Come test drive a pre-owned vehicle in Williston, and we'll help you find the right level of safety technology you're looking for.

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