According to a recent report, Google’s self-driving car has been in 11 accidents since its inception, although to be fair this looks like it is mostly the fault of other drivers and not Google’s technology alone. But this could be very scary for people and may even deter drivers from purchasing these kinds of vehicles in the future.
A recent survey by Harris Poll wanted to find out how many Americans would actually buy a self-driving car if it was released. Based on the results it looks like the self-driving car market is not in perfect shape. Many are not on board.
The survey found that 1 in 3 Americans would not buy a self-driving car, leaving 2 out of 3 who would buy one.
Half of those who said no are in the older generation, aged 69 and above who accounted for 50% of the votes against self-driving cars. It looks like Gen X and Baby Boomers were also against self-driving cars as they accounted for 36% of the vote. So if you go by these numbers, it might be a while before self-driving cars are actually available for purchase. Maybe longer before they can convince everyone to get one.
A lot more tests are needed anyway and the technology needs to be refined. We will see what happens.