Would you buy a self-driving car in exchange for an insurance discount?
Survey finds nine out of 10 drivers would be willing to let go of the wheel for a break on their auto insurance premiums.
One of the barriers to self-driving cars becoming mainstream is consumer acceptance of the technology, according the predictions by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. But one thing that could entice drivers to let go of the wheel and let robots cars drive for them is cold hard cash.
A survey by CarInsurance.com found that nine of 10 licensed drivers would contemplate buying a self-driving car if they could get a break on their auto insurance. When asked if they would buy or consider buying a self-driving car, 34 percent of respondents said they were “very likely” to do so. But when the deal was sweetened with an 80 percent discount on auto insurance premiums, this figure increased to 56 percent.
A much smaller percentage said they would buy a self-driving car even if they wouldn’t get a break on auto insurance, and more than half said they would trust a traditional carmaker rather than a tech company to produce their autonomous cars.
Approximately 20 percent of survey respondents said they would buy a self-driving vehicle with or without an insurance discount. And despite another recent survey by KPMG that found the opposite, a majority of respondents (54 percent) said they’d trust autonomous cars from an automaker more than from a software or technology company.
But only 18 percent said they would trust electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors to build a self-driving car. Almost as many, 15 percent, said they would trust Google or Microsoft, while 12 percent said they would trust consumer electronics companies such as Apple or Samsung.
Still, the survey found that human drivers are not quite ready to hand over driving to machines. For example, 64 percent of those surveyed said “computers were not capable of the same quality of decision-making that human drivers exhibit," while 75 percent said they can drive a car better than a computer could. Another 75 percent said they would not trust a driverless car to take their children to school.
When asked what they would do with their “free time” behind the wheel in an autonomous vehicle, 26 percent of said text or talk with friends, 21 percent wanted to read and 10 percent would sleep. A write-in “Other” category included answers ranging from 10 percent of respondents who said they would “enjoy the scenery,” while 9 percent would “watch the road” or “hold on for dear life.”
The survey was conducted nationwide by online marketing research company OP4G for CarInsurance.com and polled 2,000 consumers.
[Source: Automotive News]
So long as I'm legally able to drive my own vehicle, I shall do so. I do not care how much "safer" the auto driving vehicles are, I enjoy driving and it relaxes me heavily. If nothing else, I welcome the shift of the majority of American's moving to a auto driving system as then their horrible driving skills will no longer be relevant. Won't be individuals randomly breaking, from trying to put their makeup on and ignoring the road, or texting and driving.
I say, this is a win/win for us auto enthusiasts.
In the last 11 days alone!!!
23,000 Ford C-Max's recalled for failing to conform to Federal safety standards
3,200 Chevy Cruz's recalled for right front half shafts fracturing
1,600 Chevy Sonics recalled for insufficient welds that can cause the fuel tank to FALL OUT
19,000 Camaros recalled for not conforming to Federal safety standards
19,000 Silvarados recalled for not complying to Federal safety standards
92,000 Jeep Cherokkes recalled for potential loss of ABS and ESC, as well as loss of warning lights on the dash
Do you really want to keep embarrassing yourself like this Mac? Maybe growing up a tad and realizing that ALL manufacturers have recalls would be a good thing? Come on....put on your big boy pants and maybe man up a bit k?
I am not comfortable with my car driving me either yet but am open minded enough to realize that many lives will be saved since computers do not text, drink, eat, apply make up, smoke, play with their audio system, rubber neck or anything else that people do that takes their eyes off the road when driving. Yes, there will be instances where there are computer errors that will cause accidents but they will be far less deadly than what we are dealing with today. Driving your own vehicle will become something that you do after work or on the weekends for fun. Safety will prevail and we will all be "shuttled" to and from work, to grocery stores, movies, dinner etc.
This months off to business as usual for Toyota
(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it is recalling 33,000 cars, pickup trucks and commercial vehicles worldwide to replace a defective part that may cause engine failure.
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