A Car That Drives Itself? No Thanks, Women Say: Survey

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By Phil LeBeau, CNBC

As companies rush to develop semi- and fully self-driving vehicles, two questions remain at the heart of the debate over the technology: How many people want their car to do the driving and how much are they willing to pay for it?

A new survey says many people, especially women, do not like the idea of their car making decisions about steering, accelerating and braking. It also found that if technology is going to cost an additional $5,000 to $10,000, interest in the technology is tepid at best.

The NerdWallet survey of more than 1,000 people found that just 37 percent of women questioned expressed interest in owning a self-driving car, compared to about half of all men surveyed.

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Why the lack of enthusiasm?

The survey found 55 percent of the women cited safety as a big potential drawback with the technology, compared with 37 percent for the men.

Among other findings:

  • 50 percent would not pay extra for self-driving technology.
  • 49 percent are not interested in owning a self-driving vehicle.
  • 46 percent think driverless cars will not be safe.
  • 36 percent say nothing appeals to them about a driverless car.
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