Indians are too scared to travel in self-driving cars

Nearly 50 per cent of Indians said that as they would not be involved in distracting activities, there is likely to be an increase in the frequency and severity of motion sickness.


Self-driving vehicles offer an edge in terms of safety and mobility, but one of its biggest expected benefits is increased productivity of passengers freed of the burden of driving – or is it, asks a new study that also included a sample from India.

To the question “What would people do when they are travelling in a self-driving car?”, researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle said that nearly 40 per cent of Indians said they would be so apprehensive that they would not attempt any activities in such vehicles.

“An average occupant of a light-duty vehicle spends about an hour a day travelling that could potentially be put to more productive use,” said Sivak, research professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

“Indeed, increased productivity is one of the expected benefits of self-driving vehicles,” he added in a statement from the university. More info

By IANS/New York