When self-driving cars arrive, drivers may not let go of wheel

There’s also the Route 66 romanticism many older Americans still have with the automobile. “Baby boomers have a love affair with the car,” said Raj Rajkumar, an engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a longtime researcher on autonomous vehicles. “On the other hand, the current generation would rather be Snapchatting, and they are a lot more receptive to technology.” And in the autonomous-vehicle age, established automakers may be on an equal footing with technology companies. A Nielsen automotive study of more than 1,100 participants 8 to 18 years old found there was an equal interest in buying a self-driving car from a technology company, such as Google or Apple, as there was in purchasing one from an automaker like Ford or General Motors.