Trust in autonomous car technology nearly twice as high in China as in Germany and US

An international survey has found that trust in the technology required for fully autonomous cars is almost twice as high in China as it is in Germany and the US.

More than 63% of respondents in China believe that driverless cars will increase road safety, compared to 34% in the US and Germany.

The global poll by TÜV Rheinland, a quality and safety testing service provider, questioned licensed drivers in the three countries to assess consumer perceptions about the safety of autonomous vehicles.

Notably, as the level of driving automation increases, people’s trust in the technology tends to decrease, found the research.

While only 11% of those questioned in Germany and 15% of those in the US fear that road safety will deteriorate as a result of partial automation, nearly half of the same respondents believe safety will deteriorate with the advent of fully driverless cars.

Just under a quarter of those questioned in China (24%) expect road safety to decrease with driverless cars.

“When we see large swaths of motorists in China, Germany, and the USA share a belief that road safety will decrease as automation increases, it tells us we must give people much more information and communicate the benefits of autonomous technology more clearly,” said Dr. Matthias Schubert, executive vice president of mobility at TÜV Rheinland.