Slight lift in confidence in self-driving vehicles

Survey finds around 50% of consumers confident in self-driving tech

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There has been a slight increase in the percentage of people confident that self-driving vehicle technology is safe.

The 2019 Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study involved 25,000 respondents across 20 countries and found about half of those surveyed would be happy to share the roads with driverless vehicles.

The result comes as most major truck and car manufacturers continue to invest in autonomous driving technology, with many now adding increased self-driving capabilities into their vehicles.

Freightliner Trucks and UD Trucks/Volvo Group were the latest truck brands to make major announcements on self-driving technology for their vehicles.

While Scania has deployed self-driving trucks already in Australia.

Having roughly 50% of consumers confident in the tech is a minor improvement on the 47% who believed they would be safe a year ago.

It is believed confidence would have been higher had it not been for some well-publicised incidents involving autonomous vehicles in the past 12 months.

While there was less trust in OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) when it comes to making safe and reliable self-driving vehicles.

In the U.S. the percentage of consumers confident in OEMs was just 39%, down from 47% a year ago.

In Germany that percentage was just 33%, down from 51% in 2018.

Conversely, the survey found strong support for increased technology to aid human drivers.

Connected features such as traffic congestion tracking and road safety alerts were popular with more than 70% of U.S. consumers.

How confident are you in self-driving technology? Are you ready to hand over control? Or, are we years away from completely autonomous vehicles?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and check out our guide to the Six Levels of Automotive Automation.

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About Joel Helmes 1835 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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