Majority of people ‘will not consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle’

Although consumer and social acceptance of autonomous vehicles is seen as a key driver in their adoption, a new survey from Gartner has found that 55% of respondents would not consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle.

Autonomous driving technology will fundamentally transform the automotive industry, changing the way vehicles are built, operated, sold, used and serviced.
— Mike Ramsey, Gartner

However, the online poll of US and German consumers found that almost three-quarters of those surveyed (71%) might consider riding in a partially autonomous vehicle.

Respondents were put off fully autonomous vehicles by concerns about technology failures and security.



Mike Ramsey, research director at Gartner, said: “Fear of autonomous vehicles getting confused by unexpected situations, safety concerns around equipment and system failures and vehicle and system security are top concerns around using fully autonomous vehicles.”

According to the poll, consumers who currently embrace on-demand car services are also more likely to ride in and buy autonomous vehicles.

“Autonomous driving technology will fundamentally transform the automotive industry, changing the way vehicles are built, operated, sold, used and serviced,” said Ramsey.