Driverless cars promise fewer accidents – UK Survey

Here’s an interesting survey on what people in the UK think about automation:

More than a quarter of UK adults believe that the main benefit of driverless cars will be a reduction in the number of road accidents, a survey has found.

Research firm Opinion Matters quizzed 1282 adults about their attitudes to self-driving vehicles and other aspects of automation on behalf of the EPSRC’s UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network ahead of the first ever UK Robotics Week, which takes place between 25 June and 1 July 2016.

Of those questioned, 26.1 per cent said the main advantage of autonomous vehicles like the Google Self-Driving Car will be a reduction in the number of accidents. A fifth (20.7 per cent) expect they will help reduce levels of road rage.

Among other key findings, 71.8 per cent said they feel autonomous driving would have a positive impact on everyday commuting.More than half of Brits (56.4 per cent) believe robots will be driving cars in the next 25 years.

But although 21.2 per cent of people think that the automotive sector is the area of industry poised to deliver the greatest benefits from robotics in the near future, there’s an imbalance between men, who rated it in top place, and women, who think medicine has the most to gain.

Read more: Driverless cars promise fewer accidents, UK survey suggests – E & T Magazine

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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Driverless cars promise fewer accidents – UK Survey

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