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Self-Driving Cars Trusted By Half Of Canadians, Survey Finds

Only 30% say they would replace their car with a self-driving vehicle.

09/15/2017 08:52 EDT | Updated 09/15/2017 08:52 EDT
Google's self-driving Lexus car drives along street during a demonstration at Google campus in Mountain View, Calif., May 13, 2015. About half of Canadian consumers surveyed say they trust autonomous vehicles.

About half of Canadian consumers surveyed say they trust autonomous vehicles to get them to their destination but only 30 per cent would replace their current vehicle with a self-driving car.

Not surprisingly, acceptance of self-driving technology was greatest with younger respondents and those with higher incomes and education levels, says the DesRosiers Automotive Consultants study.

Quebec respondents had the highest level of trust in autonomous vehicles, at 56.8 per cent, following by Ontario (51 per cent) and the Atlantic provinces (50.1 per cent).

Least likely to trust autonomous vehicles were respondents from Manitoba and Saskatchewan (45.1 per cent), Alberta (45.9 per cent) and British Columbia (46.1 per cent).

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No fully self-driving vehicles are yet for sale, but autonomous cars with backup drivers are being tested in several states.

Several companies, including Magna International Inc. (TSX:MAG) have joined the race by launching a new autonomous driving platform.

The potential benefits from these vehicles comes mainly from fewer collisions, less time in cars, fuel savings and reduced congestion.

DesRosier's first survey about this subject was completed the end of February with the receipt of online responses from 4,500 adults across the country. There is no margin of error.

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