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Reduced fuel bills top reason to own a self-driving car

Date: 08/09/2014 09:20:57
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: Laura Varley

Lower fuel bills are the top reason why Brits would want to own a self-driving car, a new survey from Auto Trader reveals.

The second biggest perk of owning an autonomous vehicle, such as the Google car, is that riders will be able to do other things during their journey, as a computer will be doing all the driving for them. Many motorists also pointed out that disabled and blind people would benefit a lot from automated cars, reports rac.co.uk.

Despite this, the majority of people are still sceptical of driverless cars, showing Brits aren't quite ready for them yet. Some 95 per cent of people said they are worried about how safe the cars would be when on busy roads.

Two-thirds of Brits are put off from using them for school runs and 54 per cent currently wouldn't buy one at all, reports itproportal.com. Some 15 per cent are concerned because they don't know if they would be classed as responsible should an accident occur. A further 12 per cent worry that computer hackers would be able to take control of their car.

John Quirk, editor-in-chief of Auto Trader, commented that most motorists put safety and reliability first.

"The fact that 95 per cent of drivers still have concerns around self-driving cars shows that there is a huge education job to be done before drivers will trust in the technology and consider purchasing," he said.

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