Millennials are the demographic most open to self-driving cars, but not by much

Ford chief executive Jim Hackett made news a few days ago when he seemed to pour a bit of cold water on the carmaker’s autonomous vehicle ambitions, telling the Detroit Economic Club that “we overestimated the arrival” of self-driving cars. Hackett, who was once in charge of the autonomous vehicle unit at Ford, said such cars are still forthcoming from the company in a couple of years as planned, but their applications will be narrow. Making it a reflection of Ford, as other carmakers not named Tesla are currently doing, sort of dipping their toe into the self-driving waters — as opposed to diving in head-first.

A new study from HarrisX sheds some possible light on why that’s the case, with a full third of the Americans polled saying they believe self-driving cars are a bad idea.