Poll: Most Americans not yet sold on driverless cars

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If a new Gallup poll is any indication, three out of every four Americans would prefer to drive themselves, even if driverless vehicles were commonplace.

This, and other results, are in an April Gallup poll that explored Americans’ driving habits and their attitudes toward cars — both human-operated and driverless.

While majorities of all demographic groups say they would want to own or lease a car that they personally drive even when self-driving cars are common, there were several notable differences among subgroups.

Those who don’t enjoy driving are more likely to say they’d own a driverless car than those who enjoy driving.

Those who graduated from college are more likely to say they’d own a driverless car than those who aren’t college graduates.

And those living in cities and suburbs are more likely to say they’d own a driveless car than those living in small towns and rural areas.

Although automobile manufacturers and technology companies are investing billions in making self-driving cars a common part of Americans’ daily lives, the public is generally taking a “wait-and-see” approach with these vehicles.

Only 9 percent of Americans say they would use the technology immediately once it is certified by government auto-safety regulators, while 38 percent say they would wait a while and 52 percent would never want to use a driverless car.

You can read the full Gallup poll here.

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