September 28, 2016

NOW HERE’S A POLL I WON’T QUESTION: Self-driving cars will have to pry the steering wheel from our cold, dead hands, poll says.

Americans like the idea of self-driving cars, but are less willing to cede control of the steering wheel to a computer program, according to a new poll released today. An overwhelming majority, 80 percent, said humans should always have the option to drive themselves, while 64 percent expressed a need to be in control of their own vehicle.

Moreover, people are essentially torn between the promise of safety and the need for control: 49 percent said they prefer a safer roadway even if it means they would have less control over their vehicle, while 51 percent said wanted to stay in the driver seat, safer streets be damned.

Self-driving cars are inevitable, but it’s difficult to stomach the idea of getting into a car without a steering wheel.

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