As companies rush to develop semi and fully autonomous-drive vehicles, two questions remain at the heart of the debate over the technology: How many people want their car to do the driving and how much are they willing to pay for it?
A new survey says many people, especially women, do not like the idea of their car making the decisions about steering, accelerating and braking. It also found that if technology is going to cost an additional $5,000 to $10,000, as many in the industry have predicted, interest in the technology is tepid at best.
The NerdWallet survey of more than 1,000 people found just 37 percent of the women questioned expressed interest in owning a self-driving car. By comparison, half of the men surveyed showed a desire to learn more about autonomous-drive vehicles.
Why the lack of enthusiasm?
The survey found 55 percent of the women cited safety as a big potential drawback with the technology, compared with 37 percent for the men asked the same question.