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Self-driving cars: Transport revolution or threat to UK roads?

Author : Sophia Bell, Acting Group Editor, DPA

30 June 2022

A new survey from UCL has revealed that nine in 10 UK drivers want self-driving cars to be easily distinguishable from standard vehicles.

Sophia Bell, Acting Group Editor
Sophia Bell, Acting Group Editor

Why? Professor Jack Stilgoe (UCL Science & Technology Studies), who led the project, suggested: “People are sceptical that self-driving vehicles will behave just like human-driven vehicles. They want to know when they are dealing with a new object on the road.”

Surveying 4,860 members of the British public, the research further found that the majority of respondents were uncomfortable with the idea of using self-driving vehicles (SDVs) themselves (58 percent) and a further 55 percent said they were wary of sharing a road with them.

The survey also highlighted that such reservations are not simply limited to safety, but also concern who would benefit from such technology...

Read the full article in DPA's July issue

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