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Technology Audi study finds high interest in self-driving cars, but far from a blanket statement

10:40  24 september  2019
10:40  24 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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A self - driving car , also known as an autonomous car , driverless car , or robotic car , is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and moving safely with little or no human input.

A year ago, Detroit and Silicon Valley had visions of putting thousands of self - driving taxis on the road in 2019, ushering in an age of driverless cars . Most of those cars have yet to arrive — and it is likely to be years before they do.

While autonomous cars and self-driving technology aren't ready to roll in the near future, such technology is bound to become widespread in the decades to come. Yet despite intrigue in the technology and advances, there remains one hurdle that could prove difficult to clear: human acceptance.

a purple car in the dark: There's hardly a consensus on how the world feels about self-driving cars. Audi© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. There's hardly a consensus on how the world feels about self-driving cars. Audi

A new study from German luxury brand Audi (specifically its &Audi Initiative) painted two distinct portraits of individuals around the world. The company surveyed and studied 21,000 respondents globally from nine countries. Citizens from China, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Germany, the UK, France, Japan and the US each provided responses.

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Self - driving cars have been the stuff of science fiction and experimentation since the early days of the Audi recently obtained a permit to test self - driving cars on California roads. But the cars are In a statement , the safety agency said that fully automated vehicles required further testing and

Self - driving cars combine these maps with readings from their sensors to find their way around. Very few roads have been mapped to this degree. Self - driving cars use radar, lasers and high -definition cameras to scan roads for obstacles, and the images they generate are assessed by high -powered

The study broke findings out into three overall categories: the emotional landscape, the human readiness index (HRI) and several user typology templates. The most important of these is the second point, the HRI.

The HRI spans age groups, gender, living environment, income, education and the distance a respondent drives each day. By and large, younger generations hold the idea of autonomous driving in a more positive light. Even across each of the nine countries, those belonging to Generation Z (under the age of 24) showed a "high readiness" for self-driving technology, and 73% said they were curious about the technology. Millennials came in second, though far less ready as Gen Z, while Baby Boomers displayed the least readiness. Overall, almost half of those surveyed still viewed autonomous vehicles with optimism, however at 49%.

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We look at why Self Driving Cars are an Incredibly Bad Idea. In theory self - driving cars would be safer because they remove the human element, which is prone to make mistakes caused This is the dream. And in three decades from now when AI has advanced far enough this might be quite possible.

a close up of a map: How does the world feel about self-driving cars? Audi made these nifty snapshots. Audi© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. How does the world feel about self-driving cars? Audi made these nifty snapshots. Audi

Internationally, 82% surveyed said they were interested in self-driving technology, but each country painted a very different picture. Those in China and South Korea are incredibly enthusiastic and interested with 98% and 94%, but on the other end of the spectrum, Japan and the US are far from as enthusiastic. Just 74% and 72% of Japanese and US respondents, respectively, said they were interested. The generational attitudes toward autonomous cars was present in each country, however.

a purple car in the dark© Audi

In general, Asia (aside from Japan) views self-driving cars as a Holy Grail of sorts, while western countries are far more skeptical. At a minimum, they're indifferent.

Breaking down the concerns of those that aren't thrilled with autonomous cars, Audi found plenty valid concerns. The vast majority (70%) are concerned with giving up control, per the international figures. How the car assesses situations independently from a human also concerned respondents with 65% noting the potential issue. Lack of a legal framework, data security and lack of driving fun also scored as reasons for the lack of enthusiasm over self-driving vehicles.

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Self - driving cars are obviously not perfect yet. In fact, we have a pretty clear sense of how not The 43 companies testing self - driving cars in California must submit public “disengagement reports The researchers studied three basic scenarios. In one, autonomous vehicles get on the road when they’re

Despite the coverage that crashes involving self-driving cars receive, it's done little to sway opinions, according to the study. In total, 61% of those who've seen coverage of crashes involving autonomous cars said it didn't change their attitude for better or for worse.

Where do we go from here? Audi lays out a well-positioned plan. Autonomous technology is, clearly, not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Different countries, those hailing from rural or urban areas, and people with varying levels of income all expect different things from a world with "mobility for all." The goal moving forward will be to create an environment that not only educates the public, but overall, provides a way to guarantee safety and the benefits companies promise.

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