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More scepticism around autonomous cars

UK study shows many not convinced

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Another study has found that many motorists are not yet ready to hand over control of their car and a large percentage of people are actually scared of the tech.

The U.K. study involved 2,000 motorists and was commissioned by Continental Tyres.

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Some of the key findings from the study included a large percentage who felt that automated driving technology and driverless cars would bring no benefit.

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There was also frustration that the money being invested in the tech could be better spent.

Others were just not happy about being asked to hand over control.

37% of respondents were concerned that people are becoming too lazy and reliant on technology

While there was a fear among more than one on three respondents (36%) about the technology being hacked.

The results come just days after a U.S. study was released that also showed people are a long way from being comfortable with handing over control.

Mark Griffiths is a safety expert at Continental Tyres, he says he wasn’t surprised by the British study’s findings.

“Drivers have to contend with immediate real-world issues like congestion, the cost of motoring and environmental impact, and in some instances technologies being developed now are not being identified as a solution for those issues – yet they absolutely are.

“Future advances will transform motoring and technology businesses like ours need to explain how present challenges will be reduced or eliminated – like congestion, costs and environmental impact.

“The message from motorists is clear – talk less about ‘tomorrow’s world’ and more about real world benefits.”

So, what did the sceptical motorists want instead of autonomous cars? About 50% said improved road safety, this was followed by calls for more economical vehicles and fewer vehicles on the roads.

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How do you feel about autonomous cars? Are you ready to hand over the controls? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

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