According to AAA, consumer trust in autonomous automobiles quickly eroded following a series of high-profile incidents involving these vehicles. Recently, 73 percent of U.S. drivers said they would be too afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle — up from 63 percent in late 2017. Additionally, 63 percent of U.S. adults indicated that they would feel less safe sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle while walking or riding a bicycle.
AAA’s survey found that Millennials — the group that had been the quickest to embrace automated vehicle technology — were the most impacted by recent incidents. The percentage of Millennial drivers that said there are too afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle jumped from 49 percent to 64 percent, representing the largest increase of any generation surveyed.