People expect to ride in self-driving vehicles soon — while many thank that advanced features available on cars today are not yet on the market, according to a self-driving car survey conducted by Bosch, a worldwide technology and services firm. Fifty-two percent of respondents to the survey expect that a self-driving car will be in their household in the next 10 years.
Self-Driving Car Survey
The survey reached 1,000 new car buyers in the United States who are at least 18 years old and who both have bought or leased a new car within the past five model years and expect to do so again in the future.
The numbers show a universe of consumers eager to get onboard, literally and figuratively. “There is clearly a lot of consumer excitement and intrigue about the topic of fully automated driving, but not a full understanding of the sophisticated options available today and the path to get there,” said Kay Stepper, the vice president and regional business unit leader for driver assistance and automated driving for Robert Bosch LLC in a press release
The survey found that 52 percent believe self-driving cars will be the next status symbol, and that the same percentage feel these vehicles will have the best fuel economy. Almost half believe they will offer the best passenger comfort,
There are concerns, however. Fifty-nine percent think that traditional automobiles are less expensive and more than 47 percent believe repair and maintenance costs are lower with traditional cars.
However the individual feels about self-driving cars for themselves, respondents feel that they are the wave of the future. Only 14 percent expect never to own a self-driving vehicle. One-third of those who expect to own a self-driving vehicle expect all the cars in their family to be that type within 10 years. Fourteen percent were uncertain if they ever will own a self-driving vehicle.
The survey pointed to two perceived benefits: 61 percent of respondents feel that autonomous vehicles will reduce traffic accidents and 55 percent think that they will increase free time and lower stress.
The survey revealed a lack of clarity about what features are available now and which are coming in the future. For instance, only 21 percent of respondents said electronic stability control was available on new cars, even though it has been mandated since 2012. Likewise, only 18 percent of respondents think that all new vehicles come with autopilot. In reality, it only is available in a limited number of automobiles.