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Smarter Driver: Do you see yourself in a self-driving car?Researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed adult drivers on their attitudes toward autonomous vehicles.
[MUSIC] We're used to driving, we think we're good at it, and we don't really trust computers. Those three things are the main hurdles that stand Between a lot of people and buying into the self driving future, the autonomous car that's coming. That's not gonna stop it from getting here, but along the way it will be [UNKNOWN] regulators, car makers and just about all of us to pay attention to those who, maybe need to be brought along On a little more. Researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at University of Michigan have some early answers. They surveyed 505 adults US drivers in June 2015 to take their temp on vehicle autonomy. Four attitudes bubbled up. Autonomy itself, the most drivers, especially women, want no self driving. Followed by almost as many who are open to partial self-driving. And under 16% interested in fully automated cars at this point. The biggest naysayers to full automation were drivers 60 and older. Just 11% of them like the idea. A big problem for policy-makers who think autonomy is going to allow older drivers to keep doing so safely, longer. Control We can't yet imagine the steering wheel and pedals going away. Over 96 percent of the driver said keep those century old controls. Even if a car is fully self driving. Interestingly there was little difference in this response between age groups and genre. Interface. Here are an almost even split between those who wanna tell their self driving car where to take them via voice command Versus via a touch screen. have these folks tried automotive voice command? Only eight percent of drivers want to use their phone for this task. And a quaint three percent thought a keyboard and mouse might work best. Finally notifications. For decades we're going to have partial self driving cars that will need to hand it back to us on occasion. Agent. And clearly we don't want to be surprised. Over 59% of us want to be alerted by a sound and visuals and something vibrating. About a fifth said they can do without the vibration part. Maybe they've tried one of those Cadillacs that already has an odd vibrating alert seat. So it all adds up to a reality check, and it will pay for carmakers. And regulators to double check. There are assumptions about our attitudes around self-driving, and some of the details of how we expect it to work. Rather than assume that we're all going to embrace it in some homogenous fashion. More realties of modern driving revealed now on CNETOnCars.com. Click on Smarter Driver