Two thirds of drivers think humans should control vehicles

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Research commissioned by IAM RoadSmart, formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists, has revealed drivers are not so keen on the idea of autonomous cars, the RAC reports.

According to the study, nearly two thirds (65%) of the 1,000 British motorists who were surveyed said they think a human should always be in control of a vehicle.

There was further bad news for developers of autonomous technology as the research found over a third (34%) think the technology is a bad idea and more than two fifths (45%) are unsure about it.

The survey also found that more half (53%) believe the focus should be on making drivers safer and not just the cars.

When asked to predict when driverless cars will become the norm, the average time given was "more than a decade away."

However, the aspect of driverless cars that motorists liked the best was if other drivers behind were not able to get too close to them, with 90% of those questioned in favour of this.

IAM RoadSmart's chief executive, Sarah Sillars, said: "Technological advances that make driving and riding safer for all road users have to be embraced whole-heartedly."

Sillars added: "Intelligent cars will deliver a step change in road safety by targeting the human errors we make from time-to-time. At IAM RoadSmart we believe a well-trained driver and an ever-vigilant car is a win-win scenario for the future."

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