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Most Motorists Think Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Dangerous’: Poll

A new poll reveals that car owners are still leery of self-driving vehicles, even if they do want the safest bits of the technology installed on their new rides. In the online poll of over a thousand people, conducted by Harris on behalf of AutoTrader.com, 65 percent of respondents expressed that they felt autonomous vehicles are "a dangerous idea." It's understandable, considering that there are currently no road-ready cars that can really be called self-driving — though both tech and car companies are working hard at making one. Most respondents felt that safety was more important, and despite disliking the idea of cars driving themselves full-time, 61 percent would consider buying a car with features like automatic collision avoidance and parking assistance. And it can't be hard to operate, either: Half said they'd walk away from buying a car if its technology was too hard to use. With dashes having to include navigation, high-tech entertainment systems, smartphone integration and more, ease of use may prove to be a tall order for car designers.

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