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Safety tops concerns over driverless cars

The research was carried out by vehicle leasing firm OSV Ltd, which surveyed around 500 people in the and found that only 28% have no concerns over driverless cars technology.  

Interestingly, men are less concerned than women with 36% of the men questioned stating that they were not anxious at all compared to only 27% of women. 

The survey results also showed that those aged over 65 were the most concerned age range, with 100% of those surveyed admitting that they were concerned with some element. On the other end of the scale, those aged between 25-34 are most looking forward to the arrival of autonomous cars and have the least concerns. Only 71% of this age range admitted that they have concerns with driverless cars. 

Safety topping the concerned list, with 28% of participants saying it was their number one concern when it comes to driverless cars. Meanwhile 18% cited that they were most concerned by hacking, malfunctions or dodgy updates. And another 18% were concerned about accidents or crashing. 

When it came to the question of who will control the car’s moral compass, 7% admitted that this was the most concerning element of autonomous cars and only 5% said that they are most concerned with who will govern self driving cars. 

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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.