The University of Michigan study by Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak also shows only 16 percent of modern drivers would pick a fully autonomous vehicle, while 39 percent will rely on partially self-driving cars.
A deeper look at the analysis reveals younger drivers are more likely than older ones to choose a full self-driving vehicle. Speaking in numbers, nearly 19 percent of those surveyed ages 18 to 29 said they’d prefer fully autonomous vehicles, compared with 9.6 percent of those 60 or older.
“Overall public opinion has been remarkably consistent over the two years that this survey has been conducted, despite the increased media coverage of self-driving vehicles,” the researchers comment.
Interestingly, about 34 percent of the 618 respondents said they were “moderately concerned” about partially self-driving vehicles, while 17 percent are saying they were “very concerned.” Almost all of the respondents (95 percent) would like to have a steering wheel and gas and brake pedals in their fully autonomous vehicles.
“One major theme we have seen across these surveys is the strong desire to retain some ability to control the self-driving vehicle - nearly everyone still wants traditional driver controls available,” the researchers say. “It seems that giving up control is one of the major issues when it comes to acceptance of these vehicles.”
Note: Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept pictured.