Survey: 3 out of 4 Americans say driverless cars ‘not ready for primetime’

According to a survey of 1,200 adults from across the United States conducted by the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education earlier this year, “Nearly three in four Americans say autonomous vehicles are not ready for primetime,” with 48% of the surveyed saying they’d never get in a self-driving taxi. Possible causes for this hesitance are unfamiliarity with the technology and confusion over the definition of a “driverless car.”..

According to PAVE, the survey results show that self-driving vehicle technologies and the automakers and developers working on them face “serious perception challenges.” In addition to seeing driverless cars as “not ready for primetime,” only 34% of the surveyed agree that “the advantages of AVs outweigh any potential disadvantages.”