Invensity Innovation Report: „The Future of the Automobile 2015/2020“ reveals that autonomous driving could relieve stress and make life easier, particularly when driving in towns and cities
Wiesbaden, December 10, 2015 – Fully autonomous driving is by no means a distant dream. 44 percent of experts and executives in the automotive industry expect to see self-driving cars legally driving on German freeways from as early as 2025. A third of respondents think that challenges will persist until 2030. „From a purely technical point of view, safe autonomous driving has been possible for a long time. Many manufacturers have demonstrated this in pilot projects. Only recently, for example, a truck completed a test course virtually driving itself. Tesla is also currently working hard to ensure autonomous driving is successfully launched. We think that the greatest challenge lies in its practical implementation. This is why we asked customers where autonomous driving really makes sense,“ says Paul Arndt, Head of the Cyber Security Center of Excellence (www.invensity.com).
Autonomous driving mainly required in city traffic
The results of the survey confirm that autonomous driving is forging ahead. However, drivers do not want to miss out on their enjoyment of driving. Most drivers would prefer automatic steering and acceleration in normal city traffic (66 percent). Just under half of respondents are in favor of letting the car completely take over the driving in freeway traffic jams. 30 percent would prefer to be a passive passenger when driving in the nerve-racking rush hour. Just as many respondents would like an alternative to accelerating and braking on long freeway journeys. In multi-story car parks, less than a third were prepared to hand over the steering wheel.
Autonomous driving is still not as acceptable on country roads. 22 percent would be happy to rely on a self-driving car in slow-moving traffic. Slightly more than a quarter would be willing to rely on the technology in car parks. Only seven percent stated normal traffic on country roads as an area suitable for autonomous driving.
Most people would be happy to relax in the period when they are not driving
The respondents have different ideas on how to spend the time freed up by autonomous driving. 73 percent of respondents stated that their aim would be to have a break. 41 percent of respondents would like to watch a film during autonomous driving. Less than a third (30 percent) stated further education as a way to spend the time. Slightly over a quarter would spend the free time on social media. 22 percent of respondents suggested listening to radio plays or reading books as a way to pass the time. Only 19 percent said they would like to use the free time to work or to archive digital information (15 percent). At 11 percent, using the time to deal with private business (for example finances) was further down the ranking. 7 percent (in each case) said the best way to spend the free time was to meditate or pursue hobbies, such as knitting or drawing.
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