Younger people tend to be more accepting of the technology ― with 45% of 25-36 year olds saying they would be comfortable in a 70mph driverless car, compared to just 13% for 65-74 year olds and 8% for the over 75s.
Women tended to be more cautious about the technology, with 72% saying they would be uncomfortable compared to 60% for men.
The survey found that 50% of the public think that humans are better drivers than computers/cars, despite the fact that 90% of UK road accidents are the result of driver error. While the survey also showed that there is a reluctance from the public to allow people who are sight-impaired to be the sole occupant of a driverless car ― with just 23% saying this should be allowed.
There was also very little acceptance for people who are intoxicated being responsible for such a car, with just 12% saying this would be acceptable.
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