|[February 03, 2014]
Study Finds 88 Percent of Adults Would Be Worried about Riding in a Driverless Car
CINCINNATI --(Business Wire)--
According to a recent study commissioned by Seapine
Software, 88 percent of U.S. adults would be worried about riding in
a driverless car. The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive (News - Alert)®
among 2,039 adults ages 18 and older, shows that more than three-fourths
(79 percent) of U.S. adults would worry that the equipment in a
driverless car will fail, such as a braking software glitch or failed
warning sensor that alerts the driver of danger.
"As driverless cars enter the market, car manufacturers face the
challenge of managing new technologies, like wheel speed sensors and
laser scanners, to ensure quality, safety, and compliance with strict
government standards and regulations," said Rick Riccetti, President and
CEO, Seapine Software. "This research confirms that consumers likely
won't hand over the wheel until auto companies can prove equipment is
safe from software glitches or failures."
The study revealed the following concerns of U.S. adults would have
about riding in driverless cars:
More than half (59 percent) are worried about liability issues, such
as who would be responsible if a driverless car is involved in an
52 percent fear a hacker could breach the driverless car's system and
gain control of the vehicle.
More than one-third (37 percent) worry auto companies, insurers,
advertisers and municipalities may collect personal data such as where
the car goes and how fast it's traveling.
Only 12 percent said they would not be worried about riding in a
Men and women were in nearly complete agreement when expressing their
concerns. The biggest gap in opinion was over the issue of
responsibility with 64 percent of women stating they are worried about
liability issues, compared to 54 percent of men.
Age was also not a factor in changing U.S. adults' apprehensions, as 93
percent of adults 65 and older said they would be worried about riding
in a driverless car, while 84 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds say the same.
"To meet these challenges, auto companies must implement suitable
methods and measures for software development to manage quality and
mitigate risk," added Riccetti.
This survey was conducted within the United States by Harris Interactive
on behalf of Seapine Software from January 24-28, 2014 among 2,039
adults ages 18 and over. This online survey is not based on a
probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling
error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including
weighting variables, please contact Christina Alvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Seapine Software
With more than 8,500 customers worldwide, Seapine Software, Inc. is a
leading provider of process-centric product development solutions.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific,
and Africa, Seapine's development solutions help organizations ensure
the consistent release of high quality products, while providing
traceability, metrics and reporting, compliance, and risk management.
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