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Driverless cars welcome for morning commute but not school run

Brits would be happy to use driverless cars when commuting to work but wouldn’t trust them to transport their kids.

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26.5% of drivers said they’d happily hand over the morning commute yet only 15% would use a driverless car for the school run

The research by car dealership Citygate found a number of circumstances where drivers would welcome fully autonomous cars but indicated areas where trust was a concern.

The survey of 1,000 drivers found usage of driverless cars for long-distance travel was most popular, with 34% of Brits saying they’d welcome a break from driving during lengthy journeys.

The technology’s role as ‘designated driver’ was also highlighted with nearly a third (29%) of survey participants admitting they’d be most interested in using a driverless car while under the influence.

Over a quarter (26.5%) of respondents said they’d happily hand over the morning commute and 24.3% said they’d be most likely to rely on a driverless car after dark.

Yet only 15% of Brits said they’d use a driverless car for the school run

And 6% of all participants revealed they wouldn’t use a driverless car under any circumstances.

Steven Crouch, Citygate marketing manager, said: “Whether it’s after a night out or a long journey, drivers want to look after themselves and others around them – but it appears that, when it comes to their kids, Brits would rather stay in the driver’s seat.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.