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Automated vehicles: what the public thinks

This report aims to capture public views relating to automated transport, specifically driverless vehicles.

Executive summary

Automated vehicles use a range of technologies to augment or replace human driving. Technologies such as steering assistance and collision-avoidance systems and even fully autonomous vehicles could have far reaching impact on safety, productivity and employment.

Sciencewise has already produced a research report investigating existing public views on Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) (Sciencewise 2013). This report aims to expand on this body of work by capturing public views relating to automated transport, specifically driverless vehicles.

This report summarises public views on automated vehicles from one survey specifically relating to automated vehicles and over 2,800 online comments on related online articles and content, focusing on the following areas:

•    General awareness and attitudes to automated vehicles
•    Perceptions of the potential benefits and risks of widespread use
•    Unanswered questions and unpredictable effects
•    Trends in opinion and factors of potential influence

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