Most Australians don’t trust self-driving cars, poll claims

The research, carried out by the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, surveyed 562 people about their feelings towards self-driving vehicles – with 53 percent saying they were not in favor or unsure.

While the remaining 47 percent said they liked the idea of such technology as a travel option, 74 percent still felt that humans should be able to control the vehicle themselves if need be. 

A driverless Ford Ranger was quietly traversing the streets of Dubbo in regional New South Wales collecting data as part of the Transport NSW trial.

Following a pre-mapped route at speeds of up to 50km/h, the ute uses retrofitted lidar, radar, cameras, and a drive-by-wire steering system. 

“This successful trial has paved the way for future on-road automated vehicle technology testing in NSW, and insights gained from the trial will guide and streamline future projects,” a spokesperson for Transport NSW told Drive at the time. 

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