Consumer enthusiasm for self-driving cars increasing, suggests survey

Research looking at consumers’ attitudes to self-driving cars has found an increase in enthusiasm for the technology, compared to the same survey last year.

The research by CarGurus found that the proportion of car owners who said they were excited about the development of self-driving cars increased from 21% in 2018 to 32% in 2019. At the same time, those with concerns about the technology decreased to 37% from 47% in last year’s survey.

“Consumer sentiment around self-driving cars is changing fast, with enthusiasm rapidly replacing skepticism,” said Madison Gross, Director of Customer Insights at CarGurus.

“These benchmarked results demonstrate that today’s consumers are becoming more comfortable with the idea of either owning an autonomous vehicle, or having them on the road, and it will be fascinating to continue to monitor this perception shift.”

The poll also asked respondents whether they were ready to ride in self-driving cars provided by services such as Uber and Lyft. The survey found that just over a third (35%) of those who currently use ride-hailing services would be likely to take a ride from these services in a self-driving car.

Additionally, found the research, more than a quarter of those questioned (28%) believe they could own a self-driving car in the next ten years, compared to 13% in last year’s poll.

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