Canadians could gain trust in autonomous vehicles

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autonomous_640xWhile Canadians lack trust in autonomous vehicles, that could change in the next decade, found the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).

In a recent survey, CAA found nearly two-thirds of Canadians would not trust a vehicle to drive itself, but more than half (57 per cent) think the technology will advance in the next 10 years, making it more trustworthy.

Though Canadians are concerned about vehicle hacking, theft of data and accountability in an accident, they do see the benefits of these vehicles in the future. This includes improved access for people with mobility issues and fewer road safety incidents caused by human error, found CAA.

“Canadians clearly see the potential. We are just not there yet,” said Jeff Walker, Vice-President of Public Affairs for CAA National, in a written release.

The research was done in conjunction with the Conference Board of Canada conference on automated vehicles, held April 19 and 20 in Toronto.

CAA surveyed 2,090 Canadians between March 23 and March 30, 2016.



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