Would you own a driverless car?
Google might be sinking millions of dollars into designing and developing self-driving cars, but the results of a survey by Adrian Flux reveal that very few of us would consider buying one once they eventually hit the roads.
Despite the hype around the new technology, the recent survey has discovered that more than 70 per cent of motorists would not consider owning a driverless car, and only five per cent of those questioned said that they would be willing to embrace the new innovation.
Just under 1,800 customers were surveyed by Adrian Flux, the UK’s largest specialist broker, and asked a range of questions about the future of motoring.
Of those who answered ‘not likely’ to owning one of the new motors, just over 45 per cent said that they didn’t like the idea of giving up control to a computer, while 36 per cent said they simply enjoy driving too much to hand over the reins.
“I love the overall driving experience and being in control,” one customer said. “I love technological advance but love to drive and the overall experience and the sensation it provides.”
Another, who spent a career in IT, added: “I know that if something could go wrong, there will come a time when it will.”
One of the biggest problems in the headlines at the moment is the vulnerability of driverless cars to hacking, with many high-profile cases involving big manufacturers such as Jeep revealing security flaws in existing software.
Unsurprisingly, the risk of hacking has raised concerns for many would-be owners, and the survey revealed that five per cent consider it to be the biggest problem with the new vehicles.
“I would not want my safety decided by a software engineer,” said one respondent, while another added: “Quite simply they have CPUs that by their very nature can be hacked in much the same way wi-fi can be hijacked.”
“There appears little doubt that driverless cars will become a reality in one form or another, but motorists are clearly struggling with the idea of giving up the freedom of the open road and simple pleasure of driving great cars,” he added.
“The biggest stumbling block to this new technology, however good it may be, could well be that people simply don’t want it.”
- We are a long way from having such devices as a practical option. A mix of self-driving cars and ‘driver’ driven cars would seem a recipe for disaster.
- I don’t trust the ability to write software to control a vehicle without including bugs.
- I am worried that when they develop faults (and they will – all cars do), the consequences could be a whole lot more serious than with conventional cars.
- You will never enjoy going for a drive for pleasure again.
- A person can make better decisions than a computer in certain circumstances.
- Hacking is proven to be prolific and systems are not secure – one hack is one too many.
- How will they cope once people learn that they can step or ride out and expect cars to stop, regardless of potential injury to occupants in an emergency stop? What about being stopped and robbed or attacked?
- I don’t like modern cars and I wouldn’t replace my Beetle with anything.
- If I’m heading towards a person or a cliff which choice would the car take?
- We live in a tiny village that does not even have fibre optic broadband so driverless cars is a pipe dream