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Survey: 1 in 4 Americans admit to breaking the law while driving, yet 80% Trust a Human Pilot over an Autonomous One

Lynx Software Technologies report reveals Americans remain wary of the safety of self-driving vehicles, yet many are excited about the advancements they could bring

San Jose, California - June 9, 2021 Lynx Software Technologies (Lynx), an innovator in modern platform software technologies, today announced the results of its consumer survey that explored how Americans feel about the future of autonomous vehicles. According to the findings, despite the fact that a quarter of all respondents (26%) admitted to breaking the law while driving, a whopping 80% still trust a human pilot over a self-driving car. Overall sentiment was positive, however, with the majority of respondents (52%) excited by the prospect of autonomous vehicles, while only 30% felt uncertain and 14% were fearful of the concept.

Lynx, which provides safety and security solutions for automotive and other high risk environments, sponsored a survey of 1,000 Americans, who indicated that, while many are looking forward to riding in autonomous vehicles, only 36% are eager to give up full control when behind the wheel. When it comes to public transit, however, 57% of consumers would use an autonomously operated train, bus or taxi with 56% of respondents expressing excitement over the future adventure of personal air transportation.

“The future of self-driving automobiles on the roads and flying taxis in the sky might be further than we once thought, but it is inspiring to learn about consumer sentiment toward these technological advancements,” said Arun Subbarao, vice president of engineering and technology at Lynx. “It is critical that we listen to their concerns as well while these are being developed so that we can teach consumers about the safety that is being integrated and ensure the proof is in the testing and the results. There is nothing more important than making this new transportation secure.”

Other survey findings include:

  • Half of respondents plan to eventually own an autonomous vehicle, with an additional 26% saying they would consider it.
  • The ability to work while driving was the most frequent reason (58%) for wanting a self-driving car, followed by the ability to travel farther without a break (53%) and to eat while driving (47%).
  • When it comes to the perceived risks associated with autonomous vehicles, nearly half (49%) of respondents would rather go sky-diving and a third (34%) would rather swim with sharks than ride in a self-driven automobile.
  • 35% of respondents do not believe autonomous vehicles are safe today, with 65% citing not enough testing as a roadblock to adoption.
  • Nearly three quarters (72%) of respondents expected a majority of people would regularly use some type of autonomous vehicle by 2041.

As the industry continues to advance autonomous vehicles and introduce them to consumers’ lives both on the ground and in the sky, it will be critical that organizations consider not only how to make the vehicles extraordinarily efficient and affordable, but also completely faultless in their safety. Lynx’s LynxSecure enables this with its simple and elegant platform technology designed to satisfy real-time, high assurance computing requirements, specifically in high-risk environments. Additionally, the LYNX MOSA.ic platform enables avionics-grade safety for self-driving vehicles. Learn more here: Lynx Software Technologies

Survey Methodology:

Findings are based on a Pollfish survey of 1,000 employed Americans. The survey ran on May 21, 2021.

About Lynx Software Technologies

Since 1988, companies have entrusted Lynx Software Technologies to deliver modern platform software technologies that accelerate the development, certification and deployment of robust, safety-critical, high-availability systems for the avionics and defense industries. The FAA has recognized our industry leadership by awarding Lynx the first and only FAA Reusable Software Component certificate. In an increasingly connected world, the applicability of Lynx technology is broadening to specific applications in automotive, industrial IoT and IT infrastructure. Together with our growing set of technology partners, Lynx is realizing a new class of Mission Critical Edge systems, delivering deterministic, real-time, safe, secured and trusted decision making. For more information, visit


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