Do you want to turn over the whole wheel? MisterGreen asked this question regarding the fully autonomous driving of 1,091 Dutch nationals with a driver’s licence. The bottom line: Nearly half of those surveyed would never want to ride in a fully self-driving car.
Dutch motorists don’t seem too keen on the idea of putting their driving skills aside and succumbing to the driving qualities of smart software and sensors. Older age groups, in particular, don’t seem to like the idea of letting the car do all the work. 64 percent of women surveyed aged 60 or older said they would never want to ride in a self-driving car. Among the men surveyed aged 60 or older, 53 percent said they would never want to sit in a self-driving car. Young Dutch people seem to be more inclined to embrace independent technology. Among those under 30, 31 percent of women said they would avoid a self-driving car, while only 14 percent of men in this category said they would not want to ride in a self-driving car. On average, 44 percent of all respondents agree with the statement, “I would never, ever want to ride in a self-driving car.”
With the above in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising for people in older age groups to believe that self-driving cars cause more accidents than human drivers. Among the over 60s, 61 percent of women indicated that they thought so. For men, that percentage is 46 percent. If we consider the age group ‘under thirty years’, the percentages are much lower. Among this group, 38 percent of women believe that self-driving cars cause more accidents than cars driven by humans. It is also remarkable here that men think less negatively about independent technology. Only 21 percent of male participants under the age of 30 agree with the statement “I think self-driving cars cause more accidents than human drivers.”
Also interesting: Three out of ten respondents believe that the government should prevent further development of self-driving cars. In Friesland (55 per cent) and Zealand (56 per cent) in particular, Dutch motorists agree with this statement. It’s not entirely unimportant in this research: only about a quarter (23 percent) of respondents indicated that they are fully aware of what self-driving cars can do.
Will the Dutch road network be filled with autonomous cars for the foreseeable future? Most respondents thought no. Only 16 per cent said they expect that in ten years there will only be self-driving cars in the Netherlands.
Would you like to deliver the wheel without any objections and how do you see the future of self-driving cars in the Netherlands? Please give your opinion in the comments!
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