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UK drivers still concerned over autonomous vehicles

Meanwhile over half (51%) of drivers are concerned that technology failing would result in the vehicle breaking down while 40% simply mistrusting the concept of a self-driving car and a fifth even saying it scares them.

That’s the finding of new research undertaken by Continental Tyres as part of its ‘Vision Zero’ commitment, which aims to eliminate road accidents through tyre technologies and automotive systems.

Despite concerns, the 2,000 people surveyed did express what they consider to be major advantages of driverless vehicles; the top being the possibility of safer roads, more efficient and reduced journey times, and having to concentrate less.  

Yet, when asked about their view on the prospects of autonomous vehicles a quarter of UK motorists believe that motoring and technology companies could exaggerate what is possible.

Mark Griffiths, safety spokesman for Continental Tyres said: “There are very exciting times ahead with the advent of automated technology, though with any advance comes concerns. As a leading automotive business we play an important role in educating people about safety, right across the vehicle from our automotive systems to our premium tyre ranges.”

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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.