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Who’s Really Driving Self-Driving Cars?

According to a data study collected by Autolist.com, younger generations are far more likely to not only want to own a self-driving car, but also have more trust in these vehicles in general than older generations. This could be due to the fact that technology continues to advance at an extremely high rate, and younger generations thrive on this. It comes as second nature to Millennials and Centennials to have the latest trend appear on shelves every season. The same seems to be true for car buying in this day and age. Older generations are typically sticking to the more manual side of things, where younger generations prefer to have an autonomous vehicle, so they can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. No pun intended.

Another interesting finding from this study is the mention that in ten years, far more consumers will be interested in these self-driving vehicles, regardless of their age or gender. It seems like the older generation of car buyers will eventually turn onto this trend and engage with their younger counterparts on the self-driving journey. The main question at hand is how much trust people plan to put into these vehicles. It looks like car owners who are more experienced with these advanced technological capabilities, will be more likely to put trust in self-driving cars in the future.

Something to question from this study, is whether or not Millennials and Centennials with less advanced car technologies will have the same trust in these self-driving vehicles. It may be that the hope of one day owning an autonomous vehicle is enough to place faith in these cars. The amount of interaction young people have with advanced technology in other arenas may be enough to build up this trust in the automotive space. It could be interesting to see the opinion of those in the older generation who do not have advanced car technologies versus those who do, and how that stacks up against the data derived here.

Could it really be that having the latest in car tech could lead to the complete trust and faith into this machine? Or maybe older generation will hold true to their opinions on this self-driving phenomenon. Sure they may have the latest features that money can buy, but how much trust are they really willing to put into this system? And what will this lead to in the future once all cars have been optimized with this technology? This could not only change the game of car buying, but it could change all car operations and rules that we know today. Maybe one day, there will be no need to teach car education in schools, but it may be converted to a class on how to operate these vehicles in the best way rather than the rules of the road. This may be part of the distrust and weariness of older generations when it comes to this new technology. The old ways have worked thus far, and people may worry that things could take a turn for the worse with this new age technology. In any case, please see below for more information on this data study.

  • Who wants to own and operate electric vehicles?
    • Millennials and Centennials are more likely to buy a self-driving car than older generations, according to one Autolist.com study.
  • When will consumers trust self-driving car technology?
    • In ten years, people will drastically trust this technology at a higher rate, regardless of age or gender.
  • Does what you drive affect your trust?
    • Owners of vehicles with advanced technology are more likely to trust first-stage autonomous technology than those who do not.

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