A global survey of drivers suggests that 78 per cent of British drivers say they’d be “comfortable” travelling in a driverless car.
The study, by vehicle management group LeasePlan goes against another survey which suggested half of adults don’t trust automated vehicles.
It says those questioned in the UK were the fourth most comfortable with being a passenger in a driverless car, after Denmark (83 per cent), the Netherlands and Germany.
16 per cent of UK respondents were completely fine with being a passenger, while 62 per cent said they would “feel nervous but still try it”.
Pollsters asked 3,859 respondents across Europe, Australia, the USA and India. Overall, 57 per cent of those surveyed would try being a passenger in a driverless vehicle, despite feeling slightly nervous, a further 14 per cent, predominantly male, would have absolutely no problem at all.
Lesley Slater, Business Development Director, LeasePlan UK commented, “It’s encouraging to see that in comparison to the global average, we (UK) are more likely to embrace this technology. With plans in place to test bed in Greenwich, London and other projects being given the green light in Coventry and Bristol this new technology, which was once seen as futuristic, is now looking a little nearer reality.”