Pilotless cars is not a fiction any more. Their first samples are not only tested on closed polygons, recently citizens of several big cities can see some of them. In any case, people are sure that pilotless cars are here to stay.
However, while this modern technology is becoming closer, more and more questions arise. For example, scientists proved that drivers want pilotless cars be able to run over pedestrians. They think that moral values should not be considered as a priority when the car is to decide whose life is more important: strangers’ or driver and passengers’.
It recently appeared that not all people are interested in pilotless cars. The main problem is that many people like the process of driving, so it is a real danger for such cars.
What it comes to driving or owning a car, all people can be divided into three big groups. The first group include the people who own a car, can drive it and they adore to spend time driving their cars. The second group are people who hate driving and prefer being passengers. The third group are people who don’t feel disgust or pleasure while driving but according to their lifestyles they have to drive regularly.
The analysis of these groups, their dynamics during next 20 years, is really important for pilotless cars’ developers. The results of such surveys are going to influence the success of pilotless vehicles at the market and thus, the investments in the sphere.
Research company Kelley Blue Book interviewed 2264 people aged from 12 to 64. Thus, both teenagers going to get their driving license and experienced drivers were interviewed. According to the results, many people are not eager to give a computer the whole control over the car.
As it was expected, the youngest age group (12-15 years) were the most enthusiastic. 67% are sure that they are going to experience an autonomous car in the future. People aged 51-64 did not share the hopes with the young, they believe that only 24% of them will experience pilotless cars during their lifetime.
Nonetheless, for all generations, except the youngest, the question of personal control over the car is of vital importance. According to Kelley Blue Book, people aged 16-54 are not eager to pass the responsibility of driving the car to a pilotless car using AI, however they would like the idea of shared control, so they would agree to try a hybrid. The hybrid version of a driverless car is a car able to control the car, still a person can take control in any minute. In general, producers of car helms, will not become bankrupts soon.
More than 62% of interviewees admitted that that adore the process of driving and find a great pleasure in driving. 80% want to have a possibility to drive a car on their own, even if it is equipped with an autopilot.
The carried research revealed an interesting trend. As a rule, the owners of luxurious cars know a lot about pilotless technologies and accordingly they are the most interested group as they plan to buy such cars. This is good news for car producers. This means that developers will pay special attention to luxury market sector and produce expensive cars.
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One more interesting tendency: many users are interested in the technology itself, they are not going to buy such a car. In others words, people would like to drive in driverless cars but they do not want to buy it. So such services as Uber and Lyft would have a wide range of possibilities. The companies of this kind are ready to buy whole car parks for supplying all necessary services connected with pilotless transport.