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Americans Remain Dubious About Driverless Cars

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Google admits its new driverless cars have had a few minor accidents but says the latest model will be ready for the road as early as this summer.  Americans are a bit more likely to consider buying a driverless car these days but are still not convinced they will make the roads safer.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 32% of American Adults are at least somewhat likely to buy a driverless car when they become available to the public at a reasonable price. That’s up from 23% last August but includes only 11% who are Very Likely to purchase such a vehicle. Most adults (61%) are not likely to be in the market for a driverless car, with 35% who are Not At All Likely to be. That latter figure is unchanged from the previous survey. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on May 12-13, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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