Study Shows Limited Excitement for Self-Driving Cars

Only 15% of Americans are “extremely excited” about the advent of autonomous vehicles and 59% gauged their excitement level in the lower half of a scale from 1 to 10, according to the results of survey conducted by global marketing company Finn Partners.

Respondents under the age of 45 were more likely to give a response between 6 and 10 (56%), with nearly one-fourth of this group rating their excitement at the upper end (9 or 10). The top concern cited about self-driving cars was the loss of “feeling in control” over the vehicle (42%), followed by worries of vulnerability to hacking (30%) and cost (25%).

Finn's survey polled 1,000 adults about their views on autonomous vehicles, smart homes and online medical systems. The New York-based firm was founded five years ago.