A report issued by the Sustainable Worldwide Transportation program at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute reveals that drivers remain apprehensive about the adoption of features for vehicle automation.

Based on a the results of an online survey completed by 618 licensed drivers in the U.S., the report found that the majority of respondents (45.8 percent) preferred that vehicles not include any self-driving features, followed by 38.7 percent who favored partially self-driving capabilities and 15.5 percent who indicated that completely self-driving vehicles would be their preferred choice.

Other noteworthy findings outlined in the report include:

  • Two thirds of respondents expressed a high degree of concern about riding in a completely self-driving vehicle.
  • The ability to assume control of a completely self-driving vehicle through the use of a steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal was supported by 94.5 percent of respondents.
  • Drivers would prefer to specify routes and destinations using a touchscreen (37.8 percent) or voice command (36.2 percent).
  • A combination of sound, vibration and visual cues was the preferred method for notifying drivers of the need to take control of a partially self-driving vehicle.

Despite the increasing level of attention given to self-driving vehicles in the media, the report also concluded that public opinion about this technology has remained unchanged in the last two years.