40% of motorists would never consider using a driverless car and 65% are sceptical as to whether driverless technology is a good idea, according to a poll by the IAM.
Driverless cars rely on radar, GPS and satellite to drive and navigate without the need for a driver to take control.
The IAM points out that Google’s driverless vehicle has so far driven a total of 300,000 miles without a collision. However, only one third of respondents to the poll agreed that this provides a strong argument that the removal of the human element from driving would benefit road safety.
815 of the 1,088 respondents believe that focus should be redirected from making cars better to making drivers safer, although around half of respondents feel that driverless cars are a good initiative for the future.
With the understanding that driverless cars would be unable to exceed the speed limit, respondents were split in acceding to whether or not this is an attractive quality.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “The presence of driverless technology in every car is still many years away. In the meantime, more should be done immediately to improve driver standards and deal with the most common human errors through better training, as well as incentives by the government and insurance companies.
“Of course technology has a huge role to play in road safety, but as long as there are cars on the road people will want to drive them. What we need to aim for is first class drivers operating first class vehicles.”
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