49% of drivers think driverless vehicles will make roads safer
According to Richard Coteau of Brake Road Safety charity, 94% of deaths and injuries on the UK’s roads are caused by human error and risk taking, and 49% of over 2000 drivers surveyed think that driverless vehicles could be something that makes the roads safer.
This comes from a piece of research known as the ‘Connected Car Report’ undertaken by Aviva this year, focusing on the attitudes of the public towards the hot-button topics in car technology. In speculation from Dr. Egil Juliussen from IHS Automotive, there are claims that global sales of driverless autonomous vehicles could potentially reach nearly 600,000 units in 2025, furtherly punctuated by a 43% annual growth in the following 10 years.
One in five motorists would be happy to own and use a driverless car, this 1-in-5 is much more populated by younger motorists, with a distinct majority of drivers aged 45-54 and 55+ treating the new technology with a degree of skepticism and nervousness. While 49% of motorists think that the introduction of autonomous vehicles would make the roads safer, there is still a prevailing belief that driverless cars would make them more dangerous.
With younger motorists in mind, those who are looking to buy a driverless car in the future are still expected to have to take a driving test, but questions around what kind of test it will be still remain, with experts predicting that it could be vastly different.
Skeptics continue to cite worries of technology being in control over a human driver, and the fear that driverless cars would make motorists lazier and less attentive, and therefore become a greater risk when intervention is occasionally needed. Despite underlying concerns, trials for driverless cars on public roads are due to start in Milton Keynes and Coventry towards the end of this year.