AgeLab Postdoctoral Associate Martina Raue, AgeLab Research Scientists Lisa D'Ambrosio and Chaiwoo Lee , former AgeLab researchers Carley Ward and Claire Jacquillat, and AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin are authors of a 2019 paper in Risk Analysis on the relationship between feelings about driving and perceptions of autonomous vehicles.
Titled "The Influence of Feelings While Driving Regular Cars on the Perception and Acceptance of Self‐Driving Cars," the abstract explains:
Due to limited experiences with and knowledge of self‐driving cars, we expected that feelings related to a similar experience, namely, driving regular cars, would influence judgments of self‐driving cars. Our results support this assumption. While positive feelings of enjoyment predicted higher benefit perception and trust, negative affect predicted higher risk and higher benefit perception of self‐driving cars. Feelings of control were inversely related to risk and benefit perception, which is in line with research on the affect heuristic. Furthermore, negative affect was an important source of information for judgments of use and acceptance. Interest in using a self‐driving car was also predicted by lower risk perception, higher benefit perception, and higher levels of trust in the technology.
Read the paper in full here.