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Are Canadians ready for self-driving cars?
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Are Canadians ready for self-driving cars? 

One in four cannot wait for the day that driverless cars will be available, and almost as many say no thanks, they love driving too much, the company said.

In December last year, Kanetix conducted an online survey of 1,095 Canadians and asked them about their feelings around self-driving vehicles. The sample size is accurate to within + or – three percentage points, 19 out of 20 times, according to the company.

“With companies like Google and major auto manufacturers obtaining permits to test autonomous technologies, these vehicles could be a reality in the next few years,” said Andrew Lo, chief marketing officer and tech expert at Kanetix.ca. “While it is fun to imagine the possibilities these innovations present, we wanted to find out from Canadian consumers how they truly felt about the possibility of sharing the road with self-driving cars.”

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As many as 52 per cent of respondents said their using driverless vehicles would depend on the technology and how well it works before they would make a decision.

Differences in opinions surfaced along geographic and gender lines.

Kanetix found that Western Canadians are the least likely to want the driverless car with Quebec and Ontario being the most enthusiastic. 

Almost twice as many males as females want driverless cars, and the younger demographic, age 18 to 34, are the most excited.

Fifty-one per cent believe there will be fewer accidents, and 61 per cent think the elimination of risks like speeding and drunk driving will be the among the best outcomes of driverless vehicles.

Other benefits cited included: a more enjoyable and relaxing drive (39 per cent), less stress (35 per cent), and not worrying about parking (22 per cent). Nineteen per cent think a driverless car is just “plain cool.”

“Only time will tell if these benefits will come to fruition, and what, if any impact, they’ll have on car insurance rates in Canada,” according to Kanetix.

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