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Nearly a third of Brits want an autonomous car in their drive

by Saima Omar | 27 Sep 2016

Nearly a third of Britons would like to buy an autonomous car (a driverless car), according to fresh research from AXA Insurance.

The poll of 2,000 Brits revealed that 32 per cent would like to have an autonomous car on the drive, with 36 per cent of those saying it would take the stress out of driving, and 26 per cent claiming that it would reduce the number of in-car arguments.

Some concerns over autonomous car safety

There was however, some who did not think of them favourably; as despite two thirds said they would feel safe and secure as a passenger in an autonomous car, 49 per cent said that they would feel unsafe in the driver’s seat. The reason they put down was their lack of understanding on how the driverless technology works on autonomous cars.

David Williams, technical director at AXA Insurance, said: “Over 90 per cent of all motor accidents are caused by human error, and technological progress lets us improve safety. It’s thought that the reduction of accidents with driverless cars could be as much as 50 per cent and that can only be good news for road safety.

“Additionally, they will reduce congestion and provide alternative transport for those currently unable to drive. Lack of information often stokes people’s fears – and a healthy dose of scepticism is to be expected.”

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