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Self-driving cars not trusted by Canadians yet

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Would you trust a self-driving car? No? Well, you’re definitely not alone. According to a new CAA survey released on the eve of a major conference looking at the future of these vehicles, nearly two thirds (63%) of Canadians said they wouldn’t feel safe in a driverless car.

Their biggest concerns are vehicle hacking, theft of data generated by the vehicle, and accountability in the event of an accident. 

Of course, there are benefits, too, and more than half (57%) of Canadians believe the technology will advance to a point where they would fully trust a self-driving car in the next 10 years.

“Canadians clearly see the potential. We are just not there yet. Conferences like this one will help advance the dialogue around the pros and cons of this new technology,” says Jeff Walker, Vice-President of Public Affairs for CAA National. “Wherever the debate leads, CAA will be there to make sure the views of the driving public are well represented.”