September 14, 2017 12:39 pm

About 50% of Canadians say they trust self-driving cars: survey

Google's self-driving Lexus car drives along street during a demonstration at Google campus in Mountain View, Calif.

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About half of Canadian consumers surveyed say they trust autonomous vehicles to get them to their destination but only 30 per cent would replace their current vehicle with a self-driving car.

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Not surprisingly, acceptance of self-driving technology was greatest with younger respondents and those with higher incomes and education levels, says the DesRosiers Automotive Consultants study.

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Quebec respondents had the highest level of trust in autonomous vehicles, at 56.8 per cent, following by Ontario (51 per cent) and the Atlantic provinces (50.1 per cent).

Least likely to trust autonomous vehicles were respondents from Manitoba and Saskatchewan (45.1 per cent), Alberta (45.9 per cent) and British Columbia (46.1 per cent).

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No fully self-driving vehicles are yet for sale, but autonomous cars with backup drivers are being tested in several states.

Several companies, including Magna International Inc. (TSX:MAG) have joined the race by launching a new autonomous driving platform.

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The potential benefits from these vehicles comes mainly from fewer collisions, less time in cars, fuel savings and reduced congestion.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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