Germans would increasingly feel safer with fully automated, driverless trucks on the road, based on the findings of a recent survey by Bosch and Innofact AG in the lead-up to the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany.

While almost 40% of respondents would rather that trucks have a human driver at the wheel, already 37% no longer have a preference for a human over a machine. In fact, one in four respondents would have more confidence in an autonomous truck than in a human driver.

For now, driverless trucks are still an unrealized vision. But the survey shows that, in Germany, people increasingly favor automated trucks with on-board intelligent technology when it comes to safety. The reality is that nine out of 10 accidents are due to human error.