A great article by Matt Posky at The Truth About Cars:

”[A] vast majority of surveyed Americans admitted to being “afraid” of riding in an autonomous vehicle while over half said they felt less safe at the prospect of sharing the road with driverless technology.”

“[From] a random sampling of 1,012 adults, AAA found that 78 percent of American drivers surveyed reported feelings of fear at the mere concept of being a passenger in a self-driving vehicle.”

“By and large, every study on current and future autonomous features seems to underscore added safety.”

But hey, shark attacks make the news, although a human being is more likely to die from influenza than ANY type of automobile accident. The stats are questionable, but Elon Musk states that currently Tesla’s Autopilot is 50% safer than human-piloted automobiles.