Manitobans are almost evenly split on favouring self-driving cars, but by gender, men are more likely to welcome autonomous driving than women, a new survey finds.
The survey of 800 Manitobans was conducted between Sept. 6 and Oct. 2 and found 54 per cent of respondents said self-driving cars will have a positive effect on society while 40 per cent feel they will be negative. Forty-eight per cent said they’ll be safer than human drivers while 31 per cent think they will be less safe.
The results also found 64 per cent of men, but only 44 per cent of women, favour the introduction of autonomous vehicles. Sixty-two per cent of men and only 36 per cent of women feel such vehicles will be safer.
“There’s this stereotype that men prefer to drive, so the fact they seem to be more positive runs against what you’d think are more typical ideas that men prefer to drive,” said Nicholas Borodenko, partner in Winnipeg-based Prairie Research Associates, which conducted the survey.