Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters nationwide say they would feel safe riding in a self-driving car today. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that another 22% think it’s at least Somewhat Likely that they’ll feel safe in a self-driving car within five to ten years (see question wording and topline results).
Not surprisingly, younger voters are more comfortable with the new technology than their elders. Among those under 35, nearly half (46%) would feel safe in a self-driving car. Among those 50 and older, just 17% would feel safe (see crosstabs).
Nearly a third of all voters (31%) think most cars on the road will be driverless within the next decade. Another 31% think that will happen 11-20 years in the future. Seventeen percent (17%) think it will take even longer and 10% say it will never happen.
Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day reported last year that the average vehicle on the road today is 11.2 years old. Nearly 2 million cars from the ‘60s are still on the road. As a practical matter, that will slow the time frame for adoption of self-driving cars.
On a personal level, 38% believe it is at least somewhat likely that their primary vehicle will someday drive itself. That includes 61% of those under 35 and just 21% of those over 65.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 10-11, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
Two years ago, Scott Rasmussen described his first ride in a self-driving car : “The anticipation for me was a bit like a kid waiting for Christmas. But when I shared my enthusiasm with friends and colleagues, many thought I was crazy.” He remains an enthusiastic backer of the technology and expects his next car to be as autonomous as possible.
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