AAA Survey: Icy Reception for Driverless Cars Is Thawing

Americans are warming to the idea of riding in self-driving vehicles, although they’re still wary of sharing the road with them. While a majority of U.S. drivers still say they’re afraid of riding in a fully autonomous vehicle, a new AAA survey finds that fewer are expressing those fears than in previous years. Sixty-three percent of motorists tell the organization that they’re uncomfortable with the idea of ceding all control to a self-driving system. That’s down from 78 percent during an identical survey released in March 2017, and the reduction in 15 percentage points equates to a rise in trust of roughly 20 million licensed drivers, says AAA.