American Drivers Have More Faith in Tech Companies on Autonomous Cars

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【Summary】According to an INRIX survey, drivers in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Italy, all have different attitudes on self-driving vehicles, including if they’ll work and where they’ll come form.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Jun 03, 2017 9:00 AM PT
American Drivers Have More Faith in Tech Companies on Autonomous Cars

Self-driving cars and its accompanying technology aren't being developed just for drivers in the United States. Tech companies and automakers from all over the world are looking for ways put self-driving cars on the street. Countries, though, are handling things different from one another. 

Before allowing companies and automakers to test self-driving vehicles in Britain, the country laid down some ground rules for autonomous vehicles and car insurance companies. And in addition to that, there's also a fundamental change in the type of cars Britain is testing. Ford was one of the first automakers in the country to test an autonomous vehicle, with it being a 12-month pilot program for the Transit Custom Hybrid van. And Nissan is also testing its all-electric Leaf in London, as well. 

In comparison, the majority of companies and automakers testing autonomous vehicles in the U.S. are doing so to explore self-driving taxis or ways to incorporate driverless technology into regular vehicles. With the drastic differences in the way automakers and companies are testing their vehicles, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that drivers across the world differ in the way they feel about self-driving vehicles. 

How Drivers Differ On Autonomous Cars

According to a study conducted by INRIX that surveyed over 5,000 drivers across the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Italy, view differ on virtually every aspect of autonomous cars. In regard to safety, 71 percent of drivers in the US expect driverless cars to be as safe or safer than regular vehicles, while in Italy, 85 percent of drivers believe in the statement. Baby Boomers in the U.S. differ drastically, as 73 percent of them disagree with the aforementioned statement, believing that driverless cars won't be as safe. 

Baby Boomers do believe that self-driving cars will improve access for elderly drivers. But 53 percent of them still said they wouldn't buy one. Only 25 percent of those that participated in the survey expressed interest in purchasing a self-driving car, with drivers in the U.S. and Italy being more open to the idea. 

When it comes to where autonomous cars are coming from, drivers in the U.S. trust big technology companies over automakers. Ridesharing companies, on the other hand, are the least trusted at just four percent. Outside of the U.S., drivers trust automakers more to come out with autonomous vehicles. German drivers are on the same lines as American drivers, but are 2.8 times as likely to trust automakers than tech companies. 

Connected Tech Is A Foreign Concept

Connected technology, which is another aspect of self-driving cars, is not as popular. According to INRIX, connected vehicles can "communicate with each other and the world around them using mobile internet connections." Interestingly, 76 percent of drivers that were surveyed said they had heard of a connected vehicle, but 40 percent of them didn't know what a connected car was. 

INRIX will use the data that it obtained from the survey to find a way to improve attitudes about connected cars and self-driving vehicles. When it comes to a timeline of when drivers believe self-driving cars will be available, 62 percent of survey respondents believe they will be available within the next decade. 

via: INRIX

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