Nine In Ten Drivers Opt For Self-Driving Car To Get Insurance Discount
A new study offered driver's an 80 percent reduction in rates for self-driving car
A new survey release by the website CarInsurance.com found 90 percent of drivers would consider buying a self-driving car if it meant a break on car insurance rates.
The poll asked 2,000 consumers various questions on their opinions of autonomous cars. The website offered an auto insurance rate reduction to drivers of 80 percent if they gave up control to computers.
The insurance reduction wasn't the only draw to self-driving cars however, 20 percent of respondents said they would buy a self-driving car even without the insurance discount. The amount of people still uncomfortable with the idea is much higher -- 64 percent of respondents said computers would not be as capable as human drivers and 75 percent said they could drive a car better.
While Google's self-driving cars have travel millions of miles safely, 54 percent of drivers said they would still rather buy a self-driving car from a trusted automaker.
Self driving cars have significant potential to reduce fatalities and car accidents. A 2008 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 95 percent of accidents were cause by human error. The benefits of taking the human element out of the driving equation has led to a growing number of automakers, researchers and software companies to work on creating self driving cars.
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