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60 Percent of U.S. Consumers Want to Swap Their Car for a Self-Driving Model

Michael Williams, Digital Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

As more companies gear up for completely self-driving vehicles, most consumers are excited about the potential benefits of the new technology. Nearly two-thirds of consumers are ready to swap in their current cars for self-driving models, according to a new report — Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments — from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

The report also found that 93 percent of drivers who use driverless-assist features, like adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance and parking assist, are satisfied with these innovations. Almost half of nonusers seek to upgrade to vehicles with driver-assist technologies.

“We don’t have to wait for the benefits of self-driving cars to arrive — driver-assist technology is already saving lives, helping us avoid accidents and paving the way for completely driverless innovations still to come,” Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CTA.

Despite the wait, three in four consumers are excited for the benefits of self-driving vehicles. According to CTA research, consumers are most excited about reduced driving-related accidents, the monetary savings on car insurance and new mobility options for people with disabilities.

Want to learn more about driverless cars? Check out the CES 2017 Autonomous Vehicles Marketplace.