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Does Anyone Really Want A Self-Driving Car?

Posted on May 24, 2016

Self-driving cars could change everything about transportation in America, if you believe the visionaries working on the technology. Commuting could become productive instead of wasteful. Trucks could move goods much faster, since there would be no breaks for drivers to eat or sleep. The motor-vehicle death toll would plummet.

The problem is, most drivers seem to have no interest in ever owning a car that pilots itself. A new study from the University of Michigan finds only 15.5% of drivers say they’d want to own a fully autonomous vehicle once the technology becomes available. That’s very low, given how much publicity self-driving cars have been getting. Google and Tesla, two highly admired companies, have been promoting their research into self-driving cars for several years now, while just about every automaker is working on autonomous technology and trumpeting their own advances.

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