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Gartner survey reveals not everyone wants to ride in fully autonomous vehicles

By Peter Chu - on 25 Aug 2017, 11:32am

Gartner survey reveals not everyone wants to ride in fully autonomous vehicles

Uber testing its specially-converted self-driving Volvo XC90 SUV’s on the streets of San Francisco in California. <br> Image source: Uber

The whole prospect of having a fully autonomous vehicle ferry you around does sound like plenty of fun, but the reality is, not everyone are as excited about it as you are.

In the Gartner Consumer Trends in Automotive online survey that was conducted from April 2017 through May 2017, out of the 1,519 respondents from the United States and Germany who completed the poll, a sizable 55 percent said that they will not consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle. 71 percent did, however, mention that they would consider riding in a partially autonomous vehicle.

The Gartner survey discovered that concerns around technology failures and security are the two main reasons why the respondents were reluctant to hop on board a fully autonomous vehicle.

"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," said Mike Ramsey, the Research Director at Gartner.

Nevertheless, it’s worth mentioning that the survey respondents did recognize the advantages of fully autonomous vehicles, which includes improved fuel economy, and a reduced number (and severity) of road accidents. The respondents also said that fully autonomous vehicles can provide a safe transportation option when drivers are tired, and the fact that they can use the travel time for entertainment and work is another plus point.

Interestingly enough, the survey also discovered that consumers who frequents on-demand car services like Uber – or Grab – are more likely to ride in (and even purchase) partially and fully autonomous vehicles.

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