Self-Driving Cars Are Closer Than You Think

SOUTH DENNIS – A survey done by AAA last year showed that the vast majority of drivers were not comfortable with the idea of a self-driving vehicle, but a new one shows a big difference. 

Mary Maguire, the Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs, says that number has greatly decreased.  “What this survey found was that a year ago almost eight in ten drivers reported being afraid to ride in a fully autonomous vehicle.  A new survey finds that today an additional twenty million drivers would trust a self-driving vehicle to take them for a ride.” 

This represents a drop in the people who are afraid from 78% to 63%.

The vehicles are being tested in Boston for use during inclement and harsh weather. 

Maguire admits that, at first, she will be a little nervous herself.  “I certainly am not sure at all that I would be confident driving in an autonomous vehicle.  My eyes would be glued to the road making sure that everything is going well.” 

AAA is asking automakers to make consumer education a priority. 

Although most people think that the introduction of these cars is far off, it is becoming apparent that they very well may be available in the near future. 

Some features that have already been worked on are self-parking technology, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping systems.     

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