Americans Aren’t Sold on Driverless Cars

Poll shows that 75% of adults surveyed would rather drive themselves.

December 13, 2018

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – Uber is restarting tests of its driverless autos just eight months after one of their self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian, but Americans seem reluctant to embrace the new technology, according to Rasmussen Reports, an electronic media company that collects and distributes public information.

In March this year, a Volvo sport utility vehicle outfitted with Uber’s sensing system was in autonomous mode and carrying a human safety driver but no passengers when it struck and killed a 49-year-old woman in Tempe, Arizona. In March 2017, an Uber driverless car collided with another vehicle during a test.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 14% of adults say they’d hire a self-driving auto via a service, such as Lyft or Uber, and 75% say they would prefer a car they could drive themselves. Twelve percent were undecided.

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted on Dec. 6 and 9, the polling organization said. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3% with a 95% level of confidence.