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BizReport : Trends & Ideas archives : July 13, 2016

4 in 10 interested in driverless cars

As countries around the globe begin to mull over laws and regulations needed for the future of driverless cars, new figures reveal there is real interest among the public.

by Helen Leggatt

A number of companies are already working on driverless cars, including Google and Baidu, as are many car makers such as Rolls-Royce, Nissan, Toyota and Audi. British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover says it will launch a fleet of more than 100 autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles on UK roads by 2020.

But is the general public really on board with the new driving tech?

According to figures released by Global Web Index, 4 in 10 people say they are interested in driverless cars. That's not too bad considering recent media about crashes and glitches.

Not surprisingly, the age-group most enthusiastic about the future of driving without driving is 25-34, nearly 45%, but drops off to 27% among older age ranges (55-64).

In terms of region, Asia-Pacific countries are most keen to see the way of driverless cars in the future, as are those in the Middle East. However, in Europe and North America interest levels drop.

Just recently in the U.S., four consumer advocacy groups called the for ceasing of plans to assimilate driverless cars onto America's roads until "adequate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards covering autonomous technologies are implemented through a public rulemaking process".

In the UK, the government has recently announced that £30 million is to be allocated by the Intelligent Mobility Fund in a competition to boost R&D of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. At the same time, a consultation process has kicked off the country's formulation of laws and regulations surrounding the use of driverless cars on the roads.

Tags: automotive, technology, trends

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