Swimming with sharks is said to be preferable to driving an autonomous vehicle for more than a third of U.S. citizens today, according to a survey, though more than half expect to eventually own one. Meanwhile, Tesla – known for the controversial semi-autonomous Autopilot driving mode in its cars – has been rated as the number one luxury dream car for people based on the number of internet searches.
A consumer survey by Lynx Software Technologies shows that a large majority of American adults remain wary of the safety of self-driving vehicles, although many are still excited about the potential improvements they can bring.
The poll of 1,000 working American adults, conducted on May 21, revealed that despite a quarter of all respondents (26 percent) admitting to breaking the law while driving, a whopping 80 percent still trust a human pilot over one. self-driving car.-driving car. However, overall sentiment was positive:
the majority of respondents (52 percent) were excited about the prospect of autonomous vehicles, while only 30 percent felt insecure and 14 percent feared the concept.
Lynx, which provides safety and security solutions for automobiles and other high-risk environments, sponsored a survey of 1,000 U.S. citizens who indicated that while many are looking forward to driving autonomous vehicles, only 36 percent are eager to take full control.
give when you are behind the wheel. However, when it comes to public transportation, 57 percent of consumers would use an autonomously operated train, bus or taxi, and 56 percent of respondents were excited about the future adventure of personal air transportation.
“The future of self-driving cars on the road and flying taxis in the sky may be further along than we once thought, but it’s inspiring to learn more about consumer sentiment towards these technological advancements,” said Arun Subbarao, vice president.
president of engineering and technology at Lynx. “It is critical that we also listen to their concerns as these are developed so that we can educate consumers about the safety being integrated and ensure that the evidence is in the tests and the results. There is nothing more important than this to secure new transport.”
Other research results included:
- Half of respondents plan to eventually own an autonomous vehicle, and another 26 percent say they are considering it.
- The ability to work while driving was the most common reason (58 percent) for wanting a self-driving car, followed by the ability to continue traveling without a break (53 percent) and to eat while driving (47). per cent).
- When it comes to the perceived risks of autonomous vehicles, nearly half (49 percent) of respondents would rather go skydiving and a third (34 percent) would rather swim with sharks than drive a self-driving car.
- 35 percent of respondents do not believe autonomous vehicles are safe today, and 65 percent cite insufficient testing as an obstacle to adoption.
- Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of respondents expected a majority of people to regularly use an autonomous vehicle by 2041.
As the industry continues to develop autonomous vehicles and introduce them to consumers’ lives, both on the ground and in the air, it will be critical that organizations not only think about how to make the vehicles efficient and affordable, but also completely faultless in their security.
Lynx positions its LynxSecure and MOSA.ic platforms as potential technology solutions for the real-time, highly reliable computing requirements in high-risk environments such as self-driving vehicles.
Fully autonomous vehicles are slowly making their way onto the world’s roads, although private cars are still largely stalled at Level 2 autonomy, which is only semi-autonomous at best.
This means that certain functions of the car, such as acceleration, braking and steering can be computer controlled – e.g. adaptive cruise control – but a human driver must remain in the driver’s seat at all times, ready to take over the controls immediately if road conditions demand it.
Tesla produces some of the most popular semi-autonomous cars, which are mistakenly seen by some people as a fully self-driving vehicle, possibly because the autonomous features are mischievously referred to as ‘Autopilot’, when in fact all models are still only Level 2.
Tesla has been the subject of unwanted attention in recent years, including fatalities attributed to aspects of the cars’ unique design; battery problems and phantom brakes.
However, the all-electric car brand got a reputation boost this week, when a survey by Spanish shoe company Vandel named Tesla as Europe’s most sought-after luxury car brand.
Based on monthly online searches for 15 luxury car brands in 32 European countries, Tesla took the top spot with 3.9 million online searches, ranking first in 20 of the 32 countries surveyed.
BMW (3 million monthly searches) and Audi (2.4 million) took second and third place respectively. The top five most-wanted luxury cars were Tesla, BMW, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini, with Tesla’s top fans apparently in Germany, the UK and France.
There were more than 547,000 searches for Tesla every month in the UK alone. Overall, Germany was the country most obsessed with cars, with 2.9 million searches a month across 15 different luxury car brands.
Even there, Tesla was the most popular luxury car brand, with nearly double the monthly searches compared to BMW (974,000 vs. 489,000). With Tesla being the only electric-first brand on the list, sustainability also appears to be a driving factor.
Notable environmentally conscious countries such as Norway, Sweden and Denmark all chose Tesla as their favorite luxury brand.