Autonomous Driving: Who’s Ready, Who’s Not?

The sea of change is already around us and, ready or not autonomous vehicles appear to be the way of the future. In order to get a hold on how people are feeling about this new technology, Volvo Cars recently conducted a massive online survey on the topic, garnering nearly 50,000 responses. The aptly titled “Future of Driving” survey illuminates some stark differences in the opinions of American drivers when it comes to autonomous vehicles.



According to the results of the survey, Americans appear rather divided on the issue of autonomous driving, however the majority indicated favorable feelings on the subject, some states more than others, though. You may or may not be surprised to find out that folks in California and New York were pretty gung-ho about the prospects of autonomous vehicles, while Texas and Illinois residents were less keen on the idea. 86 percent of CA respondents felt that autonomous vehicles could make life easier, a sentiment echoed by 90 percent of NY respondents. On the other side of the coin, only 60 percent of TX respondents agreed with the statement that autonomous cars could keep their family safer, which is about 9 percent below the national average. Similarly, IL drivers were 10 percent below the national average when it comes to whether they would trust autonomous vehicles to make decisions regarding safety, with only 52 percent of respondents saying they would.

Where did 90 percent of all respondents agree? When it comes to the role of government. 90 percent feel that governments and local authorities have been too slow in planning for and responding to autonomous vehicles, demonstrating a clear desire from the citizenry to have this issue dealt with in the public arena.

“The difference between states regarding the safety benefits of autonomous cars highlights why we need a federal framework for autonomous driving regulations. Volvo believes that autonomous driving vehicles should give you the freedom to choose when you want to drive and when you want to delegate driving to the car. The Future of Driving survey confirmed that consumers seek this freedom as autonomous driving technologies are introduced.” —Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA

While we’re waiting for the arrival of autonomous driving here at Volvo of Princeton, you’ll still be the one driving your car, and if you’re behind the wheel of a great new Volvo model, that’s anything but a negative. If you’re looking for luxury, reliability, and precision engineering, look no further than our Lawrenceville, NJ showroom. We’ve got a great selection of new and pre-owned Volvo models, and when you find your perfect match, get connected with our finance experts and get the ball rolling on your next new Volvo!


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