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Confidence In Autonomous Vehicles Slipped Within a Year

Matt Bigler
June 07, 2018 - 10:55 am

SAN JOSE (KCBS Radio) - Self-driving cars... the future or something to worry about? A new study in the Bay Area finds support for autonomous vehicles has slipped over the previous year. KCBS Radio's Matt Bigler reports.

In 2017, 52% percent of Bay Area voters said they would get behind the wheel of a self-driving car. Now that's down to 46% percent according to the Bay Area Council.

Brandon Schoettle, co-author of a similar and recent survey says many drivers are still nervous about giving total control to a computer.

"People want to have some control themselves," Schoettle says. "They want to be able to take control when they think they need to do something unusual or they don't like what the vehicles are doing. So it kind of works a little bit both sides."

There have also been several recent accidents involving self-driving vehicles including a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona who was struck and killed by one of Uber's autonomous cars.

Nonetheless auto manufacturers are not slowing down development of self-driving technology.

General Motors' "super cruise feature," which the company announced this week, would be standard on all Cadillac models starting in 2020.

The survey also finds 54% percent of respondents support drones dropping off packages if it helps cut down on traffic.