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Survey Says: More Americans Warming Up to Self-Driving Cars

Confidence takes the wheel as more Americans say they can trust self-driving cars.

Recently GM touted its grand plan to produce not only a new batch of driverless cars, but self-driving cars that are sans steering wheel and brake pedals.

This big leap may seem a bit drastic in the future-meets-now world of autonomous car tech, but a new survey of self-driving cars is showing that Americans are actually warming up to the idea of having tech take the wheel.

Detroit's local CBS affiliate reported that a AAA survey conducted recently showed that while 63% of motorists in the U.S. are still leery of riding in self-driving cars, it's a significant drop from 78% the year before.

Self-driving car tech is still in its infancy, but companies like Tesla, Ford, and GM are pouncing on the opportunities that come with it. From developing everyday cars for commuting to work to using autonomous tech to help deliver pizzas, self-driving cars are increasingly fixing themselves in the bloodstream of the American road.

The survey showed that apart from male drivers, millennials are the ones most willing to buy a semi-autonomous vehicle. Forty-nine percent of drivers aged between 20-38 reported that they would be afraid in a driverless car, but that's down from 73% in the previous year's survey.

From Uber testing out its driverless taxis in cities like Tempe and Pittsburgh, to the latest news about infotainment being developed to make mapping better and even order donuts for you, consumer confidence is predicted to grow among younger drivers. Will this spill over to other demographics?

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