UK Motorists Are Warming To The Idea Of Driverless Cars

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A survey of over 2,000 people has found that UK motorists are more excited about the prospect of self-driving cars than they were 18 months ago.

One of the reasons for this apparent change in attitude could be the increase in awareness of self-driving cars amongst the UK public as a whole

A new survey by insurance advice website Bobatoo.co.uk has found that the attitudes of UK drivers towards driverless cars is beginning to improve.

Bobatoo ran the same survey 18 months ago and found that UK motorists were not too keen on the idea of self-driving cars taking to the roads.

It would seem attitudes are beginning to soften though, as the new survey results show that more UK drivers are looking forward to the prospect of driverless cars.

Of the 2,109 respondents to this latest survey, 34% admitted to being ‘Excited’ about self-driving cars – which represents a significant increase from the 2015 survey when just 26% of respondents said they were ‘Excited’.

A similar change in opinion was evident when respondents were asked if they would prefer a self-driving car over their current car. In 2015, 28% said they would rather have a driverless car – that figure has now jumped to 37%.

One of the reasons for this apparent change in attitude could be the increase in awareness of self-driving cars amongst the UK public as a whole. In 2015 more than a third of respondents were not aware that companies like Google and Uber were working on driverless car technology. That figure is down to just 24% now, suggesting that the more familiar we become with the technology the more we accept it.

Revealing the results of the new survey, a spokesman for Bobatoo said:

“When the idea of self-driving cars was first mooted by the likes of Google, the main concern amongst the public was about safety.

“The results of our new survey show that, whilst there is still a long way to go, it would seem that the general public are not only warming to the idea of self-driving cars, they are actively looking forward to them.”

See the full results of the survey at Bobatoo.co.uk here: http://www.bobatoo.co.uk/blog/uk-drivers-warming-idea-driverless-cars-survey-results/

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