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Brits sceptical about driverless cars

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Many manufacturers are currently working to develop driverless cars, but a new study suggests that the technology might not be very popular in Britain.

A survey conducted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found that 40% of motorists would never consider using a driverless vehicle.

And almost two thirds of drivers (65%) admitted they were unsure whether this type of technology is a good idea.

Scientists say one of the main benefits of driverless cars is that they cannot exceed the speed limit. But half of the 1,088 drivers surveyed said they thought this would be a disadvantage on the road.

Meanwhile, many drivers also appeared to be sceptical when it came to road safety.

Manufacturers argue that driverless cars could make the roads safer. Driverless cars rely on radars, GPS and satellites to drive and navigate without the need for a driver to take control. Google claims that its self-driving car has gone for 300,000 miles without an accident.

But only one in three people thought this was a compelling argument for removing the human element from driving.

Most of those surveyed said they thought it would be a better idea to make drivers safer, rather than concentrating on driverless vehicles.

Overall, around half of respondents said they thought driverless cars were a good initiative for the future. Others did not believe that the cars would become popular, while 56% did not think they would be widely used over the next decade.

Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: "The presence of driverless technology in every car is still many years away."

Copyright Press Association 2012

published: 20/11/2012 17:00:01

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