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Survey: Auto buyers concerned that technology could jeopardize security

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:09:53 AM

Today, technology dominates the landscape for buyers with access to auto financing. Vehicles now have many different gadgets and features - many in the name of safety - that allow drivers to have more control over what is going on while on the road.

For example, Edmunds.com reported that many new models will have more in-depth controls, such as temperature, information, entertainment and many other features. In addition, new fuel cells are likely to improve economy and gas mileage, while some manufacturers have even connected external, wearable devices to their vehicles.

Even with these improvements, not all consumers are pleased. A recent survey conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that technology has led to concerns about security and privacy. In the poll, about 30 percent of respondents indicated that they are very concerned about system breaches by hackers. Only 57 percent of the American participants view connected vehicles in a positive light.

However, the survey did find that many people believe vehicle technology will lead to safer conditions. More than 80 percent noted that safety was the primary goal of improved technology. The problems instead lie with security, with many feeling that too many drivers will depend on or get distracted by these new innovations.