48 percent of American road-users are not willing to buy a car equipped with autonomous control system. This is proved by a survey recently conducted by the American company MaritzCX. At the same time 94 percent of respondents claim that they are well aware of the remote-piloted vehicles’ functions. Many road-users afraid that in such models the electronics can fail when you least expect, or it can be subjected to hacker attacks.
The survey also showed that 27 percent of owners of Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti brands are interested in purchasing remote-piloted vehicles. However, the owners of Jeep and Ram are least interested in such purchase. This points to the fact, that the owners of premium cars want such models the most. They are confident in the safety of such equipment.
A total of 12 thousand 353 people has participated in this survey that was conducted from May through August.
It should be pointed out, that nuTonomy company has recently launched in Singapore the world’s first taxi service operating on a autonomous control system. Now this is the pipeline project and only a few people invited can use its services. It is planned that by 2018 the project will become commercially-rated.