More than one-third of U.S. adults are sleep deprived, according to the CDC. That means a lot of us aren’t getting those vital seven hours of sleep each night. Whether it’s a hectic schedule or piling responsibilities, it seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done and get a good night’s rest.
Could self-driving cars be a solution to our sleep problem? Companies are working toward the release of cars with higher levels of autonomy that could free up drive time for activities like eating, watching a movie or taking a nap. We wanted to see if Americans would feel comfortable snoozing off in a self-driving car.
We surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults per question and found:
— 79 percent of people would not be able to fall asleep in a self-driving car.
— 54 percent of people would do nothing except watch the road while riding in a self-driving car.
Sleeping while operating a vehicle is not seen as safe. Even in this theoretical situation, riders indicated they were not ready to doze off. Technically, fully autonomous cars (or Level 5) are still not on the road and laws regarding sleeping in one are not yet established.