Poll: Computer cars turned down

2012-05-30 09:00

A self-driving car may have been granted a permit to take to the roads in Nevada, US, but a poll of drivers across "the pond" has shown UK road-users would be less than keen to take up that offer.

Nearly 2000 website users were polled by a leading UK car sales group and although 42% of respondents said they would be happy to sit back and let the car do the work, 58% admitted they were not ready to hand over the steering wheel to computer in a self-driving car such as the Google Prius.


David Shelton, managing director of Motorpoint, said: “There is more technology in today’s cars than ever before but it seems people still love the thrill of the drive.”

If self-driving technology were to be introduced in South Africa, would you be willing to relinquish control of your steering wheel? Tell us in the Readers' Comments section below

  • russell.bennett1 - 2012-05-30 13:42

    Not ever. I don't care if it's programmed to drive me as quickly as Deon Joubert on a racetrack yet with 99.999999999% safety record. Driving isn't just about getting where you're going, never has been, never will, unless the draconian and heavy-handed authorities get their way and manage to exterminate all the passion from the activity. And they certainly are trying, look at the proliferation of DSG and other thinly-disguised automatic gearboxes, the weight behind soulless electric or hybrid cars, and the quiet fitment of traction-control systems that can't be fully disabled - they're all symptoms of this sickness and we the public are slowly slowly being suckered in. Passionate people are dangerous to authorities, suck the passion from their preferred activity (and more people than you might think are passionate about driving), and that passion evaporates, the danger dispelled.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-30 18:38

    No way, it's like having a chauffeur drive you around. I could think of some guys with blue light bulbs that should actually be forced to commute in these, speed limited to 80 maximum of course. They deserve it.

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