Self-driving cars are scaring more Americans than they used to.
Uber killed a pedestrian in Arizona in March.
“I think this survey is telling us that if there is an incident with a self-driving car, it is going to get a lot of attention from the media and the public and likely there will be some impact on the consumer perception of its safety,” said Greg Brannon director of Automotive Engineering for AAA.
Human drivers cause fatal accidents all the time, he added, but the novelty of autonomous driving technology subjects it to greater scrutiny.
The large increase in the number of millennials concerned about self-driving cars was also striking, Brannon said.
“Just as they are often the first to jump onto a new technology, maybe they are also the first to jump away from it,” Brannon said.
AAA surveyed just over 1,000 people from April 5-8.
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