When automatic transmission first became a thing, no one liked it. It was slow and inefficient and downright unpleasant. But then it got better and better and is now fairly popular. There are those, like myself, who prefer a manual transmission for greater control and power, and honestly it’s more fun. But on the flipside there are those who are loyal to the automatic gearbox for the ease and comfort it affords. The same cannot be said for self-driving cars.
According to a recent opinion poll by Reuters/Ipsos, two thirds of Americans are not too enthusiastic about the idea of being in a driverless car. As you can imagine this poses big problems for companies that are throwing billions at R&D to get these cars on the road.
27% of those asked said they would have no problem being in a self-driving car, but the majority of people trust human reasoning more than a robots programming. There was also definite disparity between gender and age. Men are more comfortable with the idea than women and millenials more so than baby boomers.
There are still battles to be fought over things like liability and legislation for the testing of self-driving cars. Meanwhile several companies including GM are planning on rolling out the first driverless cars within 3 years.