New England Motor Press Association and MIT AgeLab Announce Results of Annual Automation Survey

Thu, 05/25/2017

Today at New England Motor Press Association’s annual Tech Conference, MIT AgeLab Research Scientist Dr. Bryan Reimer will present the results of an annual automation preferences survey. Last year, the survey found approximately one-third of adults under 45 years of age were open to using fully automated vehicles, but older adults were more hesitant, preferring systems that assist the driver without requiring them to relinquish control.

This year, the survey found comfort with fully automated vehicles has decreased significantly across all ages, but particularly so among adults under age 45. Although younger respondents are still somewhat more accepting of full automation than older respondents, the gap between older and younger adults’ perceptions of automation is closing in the direction away from acceptance of automation.

Support for the survey was provided by the US DOT’s Region I New England University Transportation Center at MIT and the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) consortium at MIT. The AVT consortium is focused on collecting naturalistic, self-report, and interview data to better understand drivers’ perceptions and use of today’s advanced vehicle technologies.

For more details on the survey results, read the full report here.

For more information on the AVT consortium, contact Dr. Bryan Reimer at


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