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Drivers fear loss of control to autonomous cars

Although around two-thirds of car-owning households now have vehicles with at least one driver-assist feature, there is a limit to the level of automation people are willing to accept in the vehicles on our roads.

Driver reading newspaper at wheel of driverless Volvo

Half of Britons have concerns over autonomous cars.

Data from an Ipsos MORI survey for the RAC Foundation indicates that half (50%) of Britons are worried about future driver-assistance technologies taking too much control away from the driver, with just one in five (20%) who are unconcerned.

This is underlined by the relatively small proportion of the British public who believe we should be working towards fully autonomous cars (24% v 42% who believe we should not).

Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos MORI, said: “The research shows that cars remain as important as ever to the public, and they are interested in new technology – but few are comfortable with completely driverless cars, and fear losing control.For more of the latest industry news, click here.

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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.