Majority of Americans would feel unsafe as pedestrians in cities with self-driving cars

Six in ten Americans would feel unsafe as a pedestrian in a city where self-driving cars are allowed, according to new data from YouGov.

In contrast, found the research, just over a quarter (28%) of Americans would feel ‘very safe’ or ‘somewhat safe’ in walkable areas where self-driving cars are allowed. About one in ten of those surveyed (12%) were undecided on their stance.

According to the data, Americans over 55 are more likely than younger people to express concern about automated vehicles. Nearly three-quarters (71%) of those aged over 55 said they would feel ‘somewhat unsafe’ or ‘very unsafe’ as pedestrians in a city with self-driving cars – almost three times as many as those who say they would feel safe around the vehicles (23%).

When it comes to younger pedestrians, just under half of those polled (48%) aged 18 to 24 said they would feel unsafe, while almost a third (32%) said they would feel safe as a pedestrian in a city with self-driving cars. This figure increased to 36% among those aged 25 to 44 years old, found the research.

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