Drivers reject autonomous technology in favour of breaking the law, says survey

August 31, 2017 | By | In News
Embargoed to 0500 Tuesday May 23 File photo dated 06/03/17 of a demonstration of a prototype driverless car. Fewer than one in five UK motorists would trust driverless cars built by technology giants, according to new research.

A quarter of British motorists don’t want autonomous technology to stop them from breaking the law while driving.

Out of 2,000 people asked by Continental Tyres, 500 would prefer to be in control so they could speed or use their mobile phone.

But more than 60 per cent of those asked would prefer other drivers to have technology fitted to their vehicles to prevent reckless driving.

Sixty per cent also said there would be fewer accidents and fatalities if drivers were trained more rather than developing autonomous technology.

Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental, said: “Our research found that motorists are yet to be convinced of the value of greater automation – like reduced congestion, improved road safety and cleaner motoring.

“As a safety-focused brand, we recognise it is the responsibility of technology businesses, like Continental, to communicate the very positive benefits that can be delivered. Not doing this effectively is undermining people’s trust in automotive technology.”

The survey also revealed that 75 per cent don’t trust driverless technology for fear of it breaking down while on the move.

Griffiths continued: “Not only are motorists wary of new automotive systems, but nearly one in three said they will miss the experience of driving when cars are fully automated.

“The more that automotive and technology businesses can do to educate road users of the benefits to our everyday lives, and as they begin to experience new vehicle technology, the more people are likely to trust greater automation as they would traditional car features like seatbelts and tyres.”

Continental Autonomous survey

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