Canadians have vague knowledge of coming autonomous technology, research finds

Most Canadians are concerned when it comes to new vehicle technologies that are slowly changing the way we drive, according to CAA research that points to a need for more consumer-friendly information.

CAA is a federation of eight Clubs providing over six million Members with emergency roadside service, automotive and travel services, member savings and insurance services.

CAA polling shows more than 55 percent of Canadians believe autonomous vehicles have benefits yet even more (61 percent) have concerns about accountability in the event of an accident. Other concerns range from vehicle hacking (59 percent), to the potential for third-party access to driver-generated data (53 percent).

Earlier CAA research has shown the vast majority of drivers (83%) say they have only a vague knowledge of coming autonomous technology. To keep Canadians informed, CAA has launched a Connected and Autonomous Vehicles tool, an online portal aimed to help Canadians better understand connected and autonomous vehicles.

The tool includes an explanation of the levels of autonomous vehicles, timelines for adoption and the risks of the technology. In the long run, AVs should be a boon for road safety and mobility.

The latest CAA findings are based on a poll of 2,006 Canadians carried out in December 2018. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.2%, 19 times out of 20.

Source: Press Release


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