One in five motorists would use a driverless car according to a new report on cars and technology from UK insurer Aviva.
The figures are taken from a report which compiles the opinions of 2,134 UK drivers on in-car technology and innovations in motoring.
As a general rule, drivers welcome technology to improve the driving experience, with three quarters (74%) of motorists currently using in-car technology or gadgets when they drive.
One in five UK drivers questioned said they would be happy to use a driverless car, although the majority of motorists are still cautious about the concept. Around a third (31%) said they ‘don’t know’ whether they would use one currently and almost half of motorists (49%) said they wouldn’t use a driverless car at this point in time.
Those who said they wouldn’t use a driverless car gave the following reasons:
|Primary reasons for not wanting to use a driverless vehicle:||% of drivers:|
|I would rather be in control||42%|
|I wouldn’t trust the technology||41%|
|I don’t understand enough about them||9%|
|I’d be concerned about being on the roads with non-driverless cars||7%|
Aviva, says: “We’re a nation of car lovers and there’s a clear enthusiasm for technologies which improve the driving experience. There’s also evidence that people want to embrace new innovations”
“As with any new technology, there is some nervousness about driverless cars, but many drivers admit this is because they don’t know enough about them, so any concerns will inevitably wane over time. Technology is evolving at an unprecedented pace, so it will be fascinating to see whether consumer adoption will match.”
“Currently 94% of road deaths and injuries involve human error and risk-taking. We believe that driverless technology could be critical in reducing the terrible and lasting impact that this has on our families and communities” Richard Coteau, Brake road safety charity
“Currently 94% of road deaths and injuries involve human error and risk-taking. We believe that driverless technology could be critical in reducing the terrible and lasting impact that this has on our families and communities”
Richard Coteau of Brake -road safety charity