The study, commissioned by Seapine Software, revealed that 88 percent of U.S. adults would be worried about riding in a driverless car. The survey was conducted among 2,039 adults ages 18 and older, also found that three-fourths (79 percent) of U.S. adults would worry that the equipment in a driverless car will fail, such as a braking software glitch or failed warning sensor that alerts the driver of danger.
The study also revealed the following concerns of U.S. adults would have about riding in driverless cars:
• More than half (59 percent) are worried about liability issues, such as who would be responsible if a driverless car is involved in an accident.
• 52 percent fear a hacker could breach the driverless car’s system and gain control of the vehicle.
• More than one-third (37 percent) worry auto companies, insurers, advertisers and municipalities may collect personal data such as where the car goes and how fast it’s traveling.
• Only 12 percent said they would not be worried about riding in a driverless car.
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