The findings show that due to safety concerns American consumers do not fully trust autonomous vehicle technology without supervision.
More than half of those surveyed (54%) said they would continue to monitor the road while riding in a self-driving car. Others were a bit more confident and said they would use a one-hour ride to take their eyes off the road — with 13% saying they would utilize the time to use their cell phone. Another 11% would read a book and 10% would take a nap.
Additional activities that ranked for those willing to take their eyes off the road while cruising in an AV include watching a movie or television (5%), catching up on work (4%), and eating (3%).
The Zebra findings align with other recent research that indicates people are not quite ready to embrace self-driving technology. For example, AAA found that 71% of adults have fears about self-driving cars.
The Zebra used Google Consumer Surveys to survey 1,000 people in August.
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