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Fewer young people trust autonomous cars

For some time now, Colorado residents have been hearing about the development of self-driving vehicles. The technology that is emerging and making it possible for automobiles to essentially drive themselves is developing at a rapid pace. However, while the reality of these vehicles being on the road may be drawing nearer, it is important to track just how much consumers are actually willing to adopt thees vehicles, especially given that it is improved safety and reduced crashes that is generally touted as the primary benefit of autonomous vehicles.

In 2016, J.D. Power and Associates surveyed American vehicle purchasers or lessees to learn about their attitudes surrounding self-driving vehicles. At that time, 11 percent of drivers surveyed between the ages of 16 and 22 said they would definitely not trust such vehicles. Leap forward a full year to when a new survey was taken and this time, 22 percent of people in the same group indicated that they would definitely not trust autonomous cars.

The survey also asked people to indicate if they would probably trust these vehicles or would definitely trust these vehicles. To each of these options in 2016, 34 percent said they would probably trust self-driving cars while only 21 percent said they would definitely trust these cars. In 2017, this number actually increased to 23 percent.

Whether or not people trust the safety of self-driving vehicles, the reality remains that accidents can cause serious injuries or even death. Colorado residents involved in crashes regardless of the type of vehicles involved may want to learn about their compensation options from an attorney.

Source: eMarketer, "Has Trust in Self-Driving Cars Changed? Not Really," May 12, 2017

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