Americans Less Trusting of Self-Driving Safety Following High-Profile Accidents
Americans are less trusting of self-driving cars following two deadly accidents involving autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles, with half of U.S. adults considering those automobiles less safe than human drivers, according to a new poll. A Morning Consult survey conducted March 29-April 1 among a national sample of 2,202 adults found that 27 percent of respondents said self-driving cars are safer than human drivers, while 50 percent said autonomous vehicles are less safe. Eight percent said the automobiles are on par with human drivers when it comes to safety.
Previous polling —from Jan. 11-16 among 2,201 adults — that found 33 percent of Americans considered driverless vehicles safer, with 36 percent saying they were less safe — a negative net swing of 20 percentage points between the two surveys.