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Scared of Self-Driving Cars? They’re a Lot Closer Than You Think

When Harris Poll asked Americans if they’d trust a car to drive itself, most said: Too dangerous. When told they can buy a car now that takes control of the brakes and steering wheel to avoid a collision, most said: Bring it on.

The survey, conducted for, is a reminder that game-changing technology is less scary when it arrives piecemeal, seeping into daily life until it becomes the new normal. Automakers are betting gradualism will ease consumers’ anxieties about ceding control of a speeding automobile to sensors, cameras and chips.