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Trust in autonomous vehicles (AVs) has weakened over the last three years. That’s according to a major new report on the changing world of mobility. The report – from global management consultancy, Arthur D. Little – found that 57% of drivers would use full AVs. However that figure is down from 64% recorded in its previous report.
If used, 44% said AVs would replace private cars for short, urban trips and 29% replace public transport – affecting city mobility strategies.
Half of respondents agreed that owning a car was important – almost the same number as in 2015, with independence, comfort and convenience remaining their top reasons. Despite the growth of car sharing schemes, a minority, even of under 30s, were registered with one.
The report also found that drivers are considering a dramatic switch to electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs). 58% would accept paying more for hybrids, and 50% for EVs.
Klaus Schmitz, Partner with Arthur D. Little explains: “Extending out groundbreaking 2015 automotive study shows enormous changes. While attachment to car ownership remains high, meaning the overall automotive market will remain stable, the switch to alternative drivetrains and new mobility options will disrupt manufacturers, with EV driver demand exceeding planned capabilities and ecosystem readiness.”
The 2018 customer study asked a panel of 8,000 drivers licence holders in 13 countries questions about electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and car-sharing. The countries included China, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, Belgium, Russia and Turkey.