A poll of Australian attitudes towards driverless cars has found that the majority of Australian men (51%) would travel in an autonomous vehicle now.
By comparison, just four in ten Australian women (41%) say that they feel ready to travel in a driverless car, according to the research.
The poll, conducted by Roy Morgan Research, also found that Australians’ readiness for the driverless era spreads across age groups, with the majority of under-50s saying they are ready for autonomous vehicles.
Interest was particularly high among 18-24 year olds, of whom more than four-fifths (83%) say they would travel in a driverless car if they had the option.
The company believes that the growing acceptance of driverless cars represents a profound shift in the way Australians view their future mobility.
“The closure of Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry this year in many ways heralds a shift from the old guard to the new world of mobility,” said Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine.
The shift is particularly noticeable among younger Australians in inner urban areas where car-sharing services and Uber “have changed the way Australians view their cars”, said Levine.
“The days when younger Australians argued over the merits of a Holden or a Ford, epitomised by the Bathurst 1000, are clearly long past as the simple utility of a vehicle able to get someone from A to B, or C, or D, or F, G, or wherever, are far more important than showing off a new factory model V8.
“Autonomous vehicles have been a reality for almost 10 years and we are all catching up. And many Australians are ready now.”