The term 'autonomous driving' has been flung around in recent years, but is yet to be fully realized. Manufacturers such as Toyota have implemented autonomously driving vehicles in the real world, but not without a few serious incidents, and Tesla, which offers a semi-autonomous Autopilot system, has recently launched a Beta version of its full self-driving tech, but is still plagued by technical and legal troubles. While manufacturers still get to grips with the new tech, people are divided on the idea of relinquishing control of their own vehicles, and according to a recent survey undertaken by Volkswagen, close to half of those questioned think they can still drive better than a computer.
The survey, undertaken in the UK, has revealed that 46 percent of those questioned believe that "they'd be a better driver than driverless cars powered by Artificial Intelligence". The interesting part is how the different age groups answered.
Those most skeptical of the new tech were the youngest drivers in the UK (aged between 18 and 24), while 39 percent of skeptics were over the age of 75. The Survey was undertaken in response to the recent announcement by the UK Department of Transport stating that self-driving cars could be legal on UK roads by the end of the year.
In total, 2,012 people were surveyed, and the results were, should we say, interesting. Only 21 percent said that they would buy a fully autonomous vehicle. Of that group, only 22 percent said that they would remain focused behind the wheel, while a massive 44 percent said that they'd most likely zone out on music or podcasts.
A survey undertaken by International accounting giant Deloitte back in 2019 revealed that 50 percent of respondents did not believe that self-driving cars would be safe. That's a massive improvement over the 74 percent who said the same thing in 2017. For now, the technology is still expensive, with manufacturers such as Tesla Charging $10,000 for its Autopilot system, from the Base Model 3, all the way up to the Tesla Model S Plaid. Whether people trust them or not, self-driving cars are set to hit the road soon, and some estimate that the market will be worth over $880 billion by 2035.