Half of Canadians trust self-driving cars: survey

30% would replace their current vehicle with an autonomous one

About half of Canadian consumers surveyed say they trust autonomous vehicles to get them to their destination but only 30% would replace their current vehicle with a self-driving car.

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Not surprisingly, acceptance of self-driving technology was greatest with younger respondents and those with higher incomes and education levels, says the DesRosiers Automotive Consultants study.

Quebec respondents had the highest level of trust in autonomous vehicles, at 56.8%, following by Ontario (51%) and the Atlantic provinces (50.1%).

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Least likely to trust autonomous vehicles were respondents from Manitoba and Saskatchewan (45.1%), Alberta (45.9%) and British Columbia (46.1%).

No fully self-driving vehicles are yet for sale, but autonomous cars with backup drivers are being tested in several states.

Several companies, including Magna International Inc. (TSX:MAG) have joined the race by launching a new autonomous driving platform.

The potential benefits from these vehicles comes mainly from fewer collisions, less time in cars, fuel savings and reduced congestion.

DesRosier’s first survey about this subject was completed the end of February with the receipt of online responses from 4,500 adults across the country. There is no margin of error.

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