Contrary To What You Might Think, Nobody Likes Self-Driving Cars

Study shows that many would prefer to drive their own cars rather than use self-driving.

BY Jason S Ganesan | May 25, 2016 | Opinion


The results aren’t conclusive enough to make Google, Tesla and Volvo all throw in the towel, but they’re damning nonetheless. At least for the near future.

A study conducted by the University of Michigan Sustainable Worldwide Transportation team shows that an overwhelming majority of respondents—about 95 percent—would want self-driving cars to come equipped with a working steering wheel and pedals, so that they can wrest control back at any time. Just in case you happen to be driving a K.A.R.R.

Around 46 percent of respondents wanted nothing to do with self-driving cars altogether, while a further 39 percent were cool with up to Level 3 automation. As expected, older folk were the least receptive to the idea of completely self-driving cars, with only 12 percent of those aged 45-59, and less than 10 percent of those over 60 warming up to the idea.

The study also found that up to two-thirds of respondents actually feared being in a completely autonomous vehicle—probably not helped by the fact that Google recently patented human flypaper for when self-driving cars bump into pedestrians.

There was no data, however, on how many respondents were fans of Battlestar Galactica.