A recent series of surveys by the Washington Post revealed that although most Americans expect to see a breakthrough of driverless cars on the roads over the next 15 years, most do not plan to own one or want to be anywhere near one when they are either walking or biking. Three separate surveys showed most Americans (the averages on the surveys ranged between 55 and 75 percent) said they have no interest in riding in one. The response was similar among younger adults who participated in a recent survey taken by the Automobile Club of America. Sixty-four percent of those surveyed in that poll between the ages of 20 and 37 gave a similar response.
Experts believe the recent downturn of enthusiasm for these vehicles is largely the result of a recent wave of accidents that involved driverless automobiles.