Less than half of Americans (43%) are interested in utilizing self-driving cars, down from 53% last year, according to the fourth annual Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance. (These are findings of an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance.)
The lack of interest is primarily attributed to safety concerns (71% in 2018, compared to 65% in 2017), while other reasons include cost/budget, lack of familiarity and bad publicity.
Recent high-profile crashes involving self-driving cars have dampened America’s confidence and excitement over auto-piloted vehicles. In March, two self-driving vehicles were involved in fatal accidents.
Only 52% (down 12 points from 2017) say they are confident that the technology will develop safely enough to consider trading their conventional vehicles for self-driving ones.
Supporting these findings by Ipsos and Allianz Global Assistance is a Pew Research Center survey which found that 39% said they were not sure whether the vehicles would make roads safer or more dangerous, and 87% favored requiring that a human always be behind the wheel to take control if something goes awry.
Based on consumer perceptions, our survey reveals an uncertain future for self-driving cars. Many Americans are far from being convinced that self-driving cars can be operated safely on our streets. As our Future of Travel survey last year indicated, more travelers would feel safer on a rocket to space than being a passenger in a self-driving vehicle.—Daniel Durazo, director of communications, Allianz Global Assistance USA