A survey of more than 15,000 motorists in the Australian state of Victoria have found that more than half want lane keeping assistance (also known as highway autopilot) in their next car.
The Eastlink study, in partnership with the state’s road manager VicRoads, the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), La Trobe University and RACV, aims to identify opportunities to improve the compatibility between the latest self-driving car technologies and road infrastructure.
The first Annual Victorian Self-Driving Vehicle Survey is one of the world’s largest surveys of motorists’ attitudes to self-driving cars. It found that he majority of respondents say they have very little or no knowledge of self-driving cars and that more and better information needs to be provided.
Other feedback includes the fact that more than half of respondents are no longer considering a traditional petrol combustion engine for their next car, with a third of respondents are now considering hybrid power as an option for their next car. A quarter are considering the 100% battery electric vehicle option.
One in three respondents want hands-free driving in their next car and the majority want it to be connected to a data network to receive traffic and road condition warnings, vehicle security and automatic emergency assistance.