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Half of Canadians trust self-driving cars, 30% would replace their vehicle: survey

September 15, 2017   by The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

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About half of Canadian consumers surveyed say they trust autonomous vehicles to get them to their destination but only 30 per cent would replace their current vehicle with a self-driving car.

Not surprisingly, acceptance of self-driving technology was greatest with younger respondents and those with higher incomes and education levels, says the DesRosiers Automotive Consultants study.

Quebec respondents had the highest level of trust in autonomous vehicles, at 56.8 per cent, following by Ontario (51 per cent) and the Atlantic provinces (50.1 per cent).

Least likely to trust autonomous vehicles were respondents from Manitoba and Saskatchewan (45.1 per cent), Alberta (45.9 per cent) and British Columbia (46.1 per cent).

Related: Two-thirds of polled Canadians do not trust self-driving vehicles, but think there are benefits in the future: CAA

No fully self-driving vehicles are yet for sale, but autonomous cars with backup drivers are being tested in several states.

Several companies, including Magna International Inc. (TSX:MAG) have joined the race by launching a new autonomous driving platform.

The potential benefits from these vehicles comes mainly from fewer collisions, less time in cars, fuel savings and reduced congestion.

DesRosier’s first survey about this subject was completed the end of February with the receipt of online responses from 4,500 adults across the country. There is no margin of error.

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1 Comment » for Half of Canadians trust self-driving cars, 30% would replace their vehicle: survey
  1. Panda says:

    The question isn’t so much about willingness to drive these vehicles as it is willingness to insure them. People seem perfectly willing to get into cars today driven by people who can be drunk, stoned, asleep, etc. Insurance companies would leap at the chance to insure vehicles that are so much safer in reality. And as long as people can buy insurance for their cars, they will assume they are safe to drive. Or safe to have them drive. Whatever.

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