Lack of confidence in driverless cars, according to Goodyear tyres survey

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Would you feel safe or comfortable behind the wheel of a driverless car? Only 1 in 10 of us feel confident about getting in autonomous vehicles and women are the most hesitant, according to a new survey by Goodyear tyres.

The tyre manufacturers researched revealed that only 11 per cent of drivers aged 18-30 – the age group these new vehicles are being targeted at – would have full confidence in an automated car.

Instead, many young drivers say they want smart safety features in the cars of the future and 42 per cent said they would be happy with ‘medium level’ driverless functionality.

Women trust the technology less than men, with just 9% of females saying they would jump right in with a digital driver, compared with 14% of men in that age group.

Affordability was also held as a potential pitfall, with 46% of those questioned not convinced that automated cars could be cheap enough to be viable.

Kate Rock, PR manager for Goodyear Tyres UK, said: “Whilst driverless car technology is fast approaching, it is clear there is still a distrust in the technological advances, especially with the new generation of car buyers.”

The full results of the survey are available on

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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