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May 19, 2017

UK consumers expect autonomous cars to be the norm by 2032

IHS recently reported that there will be 76 million autonomous cars on the roads by 2035 and that self driving cars will be ready for deployment in cities by 2022.

By Joe Clark

UK consumers believe that there will be more autonomous cars than traditional cars within the next two decades, according to a new report.

The new survey by OpenText, found that 66% of 2,000 UK consumers believe that autonomous vehicles will become the normal method of transport within 15 years.

IHS recently reported that there will be 76 million autonomous cars on the roads by 2035 and that self driving cars will be ready for deployment in cities by 2022.

Mark Bridger, vice president of sales, Northern Europe, OpenText, said: “We are on the cusp of self-driving cars becoming a reality and, in the next couple of years, the automotive industry will be transformed beyond recognition. Driverless cars’ onboard sensors generate vast amount of data. As autonomous vehicles become more common, the data they produce will become a new, powerful asset for organisations.”

“The technological advances in AI will led to a growing level of trust amongst British citizens when it comes to autonomous vehicles, particularly in regards to improving road safety. In order for this to be achieved, the automotive industry will need to manage and analyse their data sets to identify how the car is performing, and, more importantly, alert them to possible safety issues.”

The OpenText survey also found that 42% of the UK consumers surveyed thought that the biggest benefit of autonomous vehicles is the increased road safety, and 27% think that the cars will increase road safety in general.

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However, just 10% believed that the technology would only increase road safety on motorways and as many as 46% said that they would not feel comfortable riding as a passenger in an autonomous vehicle.

The study also found that among UK consumers women were more sceptical on the topic me. 56% of women believed that self driving cars will never come to public roads, compared to 44% of men.

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