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More than half of PA population “very uncomfortable” about sharing the road with “highly automated, driverless vehicles”


Residents in Pennsylvania are “somewhat” or “very uncomfortable” with the idea of sharing the road with  “highly automated, driverless vehicles,” a recent poll shows. 

The results of the New York-based bipartisan polling firm RABA Research were released on Thursday, September 8th, just a few months after the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow autonomous vehicle companies to test their cars on public roads without a human driver present in case of emergency. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the Pennsylvania Senate this fall, reported the Post-Gazette.

Only 38% of respondents said they were comfortable sharing the road with driverless small cars, and only 17% felt OK about sharing it with autonomous trucks. The poll also found that Pennsylvanians believe autonomous vehicles are a threat to jobs.

RABA’s survey results come from interviews collected among 679 Pennsylvania residents in late August and early September.


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