Australians know nothing about driverless cars: survey

Australians know nothing about driverless cars: survey

It turns out the majority of Australians know very little about advanced technology car companies are telling us we need, according to a survey of Victorian motorists. 

Research commissioned by Eastlink, in conjunction with the Australia Road Research Board (ARRB), looked to gauge Australian motorists' opinion on autonomous cars. The survey was completed by more than 15,000 drivers. 

The main findings showed that most drivers had little to no knowledge of driverless cars, despite more than half citing they wanted mild autonomous technology like lane keep assist and park assist in their next car. 

A spokesperson for Eastlink, Doug Spencer-Roy, said; "The majority of respondents say they have very little or no knowledge of self-driving cars. With self-driving features such as lane keeping assistance and self-parking already available in the latest production cars from an increasing number of manufacturers and at lower price points, it’s clear that more and better information needs to be provided to Victorian motorists."  

The survey queried whether motorists would use hands-free autonomous technology on freeways if it was available and legal, with the results showing males are overwhelming more willing to take up use of the technology. 

“Even though hands-free driving on our freeways and tollways is not yet available, the survey shows that one in three respondents already want this feature in their next car. We expect this demand to grow further as awareness of self-driving cars increases.” Said Spencer-Roy. 

Overall the majority of motorists wanted more active safety technology in their next cars with cruise control and blind spot warning topping the wish list.