Is the Country Ready for Autonomous Driving? Survey Says…Meh


In a survey conducted recently, Volvo Cars asked folks to respond to some simple statements regarding autonomous driving to gauge the overall opinion of the country toward its imminent arrival. Unsurprisingly, the results were mixed, with folks in New York and California seemingly more ready for autonomous cars than other states like Pennsylvania, Illinois, or Texas. Check below for even more ambiguity!




Ever on the cutting edge, California respondents agreed with the statement that autonomous cars could make life easier to a degree of 86%, which was crested only by drivers in New York state, who agreed with the statement at a rate of 90%. On the flip side of the coin, only 52 percent of Illinois drivers felt they would trust an autonomous vehicle to make decisions regarding their safety (10 percent below the national average), while only 60 percent of Texans believe autonomous cars could keep their family safer, 9 percentage points below folks across the nation.

If you’re still looking for an area of agreement, we’ve a stroke of luck: on the topic of lawmakers, there was a surprising national unity. An overwhelming majority of respondents—90 percent—believe that authorities and local governing bodies are moving too slowly to adequately address the various issues that are tied up in the arrival of autonomous vehicle.

“The difference between states regarding the safety benefits of autonomous cars highlights why we need a federal framework for autonomous driving regulations. Volvo believes that autonomous driving vehicles should give you the freedom to choose when you want to drive and when you want to delegate driving to the car. The Future of Driving survey confirmed that consumers seek this freedom as autonomous driving technologies are introduced.” —Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA

So, while the jury may still be out on how comfortable we are as a nation with the advent of autonomous driving, one thing we know here at Borton Volvo is, the technology is in the pipeline and soon we’ll have it in our lives, so ready or not, here it comes. However, we do agree with the 68 percent of folks who stated they believe driving manually must be preserved, even in autonomous vehicles. After all, there’s just no replacing the way it feels to accelerate out of a turn, to feel the engine roar to life beneath the weight of your foot, to feel the wind in your hair as you light up a straightaway for no reason other than joy. If you’re interested in that kind of feeling all the time, you don’t have to wait for the arrival of futuristic technology, just come see us in our Golden Valley, MN showroom and check out the Volvo lineup, full of luxury vehicles that are sure to get your motor running.

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