Keep control despite driverless technology

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More than half of motorists will still want to control their own cars rather than use driverless technology, according to new research.

A survey, conducted by road safety organisation IAM RoadSmart, shows that thousands of polled drivers believe a person should always be in charge of their vehicle.

The organisation says hi-tech driverless cars, which could arrive by next year, would improve vehicle safety.

But 65 per cent of nearly 100,000 people surveyed say they would still want to drive their own car.

Sarah Sillars, chief executive of IAM RoadSmart, formerly known as the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “Technological advances that make driving and riding safer for all road users have to be embraced whole-heartedly – but British motorists and our members, do want the right to drive.

“Intelligent cars will deliver a step change in road safety by targeting the human errors we make from time-to-time.

“At IAM RoadSmart we believe a well-trained driver and an ever-vigilant car is a win-win scenario for the future.”

The organisation released the results of two separate pieces of research on Thursday.

One survey polled 1,000 British motorists, while another quizzed IAM RoadSmart’s 92,000 members.

Just 20 per cent of those polled thought that driverless cars were a good idea, and more than half said driverless cars would never become the norm on UK roads.

When asked whether people would consider using a driverless car, 32 per cent of motorists in the survey said yes and just under 40 per cent they would not.

Mrs Sillars added: “IAM RoadSmart is the leading specialist in the interaction between human and machine and will play a significant role in this fundamental shift – which will see UK roads the safest, most business friendly and connected in the world.”

Driverless cars survey results

New research, released by IAM RoadSmart, shows the results of surveys asking motorists whether they would welcome driverless car technology.

The organisation shared the results of two separate pieces of research on Thursday, where one survey polled 1,000 British motorists and another quizzed IAM RoadSmart’s 92,000 members.

The surveys showed: 65 per cent of motorists would still want to driver their own cars if driverless technology was available.

32 per cent of drivers would consider using a driverless car, and 38 per cent of motorists would not.