Are we ready for autonomous mobility? The Ansys Global Autonomous Vehicle Report shows how people around the world think about it.
Are we ready for autonomous mobility? The Ansys Global Autonomous Vehicle Report shows how people around the world think about it.
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Automated driving

Study: How we think about autonomous mobility

| Editor: Jochen Schwab

Would you get into an autonomously driving car? According to the latest Ansys Global Autonomous Vehicle Report, 74 percent of Germans are ready for this - 67 percent would even travel in an autonomous plane.

Seven out of ten consumers believe that autonomous cars are already better drivers than humans or will exceed human capabilities by 2029. This is the conclusion of a global consumer survey commissioned by Ansys. The Ansys Global Autonomous Vehicles Report provides insight into the different attitudes consumers have towards autonomous vehicles (AV).

High expectations of autonomous driving

The aim of the study is to measure the global perception of consumers of AVs and thus better understand their expectations of future mobility. The report confirms that consumers have high expectations of the autonomous performance potential and feel comfortable with the idea of traveling with autonomous vehicles or airplanes.

The most important findings of the study are as follows:

  • Consumer confidence: 71 percent of respondents worldwide believe that autonomous cars today already drive better than people or exceed human capabilities within the next ten years.
  • Acceptance of AVs: Japanese respondents were more confident about AVs than the global average. For example, 83 percent of Japanese believe that autonomous cars will be better drivers than people in a decade. 38 percent believe that this is already the case.
  • Readiness to drive 77 percent of respondents worldwide would feel comfortable driving an autonomous car.
  • The younger, the more positive: 87 percent of respondents aged 18 to 24 and 88 percent of respondents aged 25 to 34 stated that they would feel comfortable driving an autonomous car. 43 percent of respondents over the age of 65 stated that they would never drive in an autonomous car.
  • Highs and lows: At 97 percent, Chinese respondents were the most open to driving in an autonomous car. In contrast, only 57 percent of UK respondents said they would feel comfortable in an autonomous car.
  • Fears: When asked about their biggest concerns about travel in autonomous cars and airplanes, most respondents, 59 percent and 65 percent respectively, said they were most afraid of technical failure.
  • Trust in car manufacturers: 24 percent of respondents believe that premium brands will provide the safest autonomous driving experience, followed by technology companies that may one day launch an autonomous car (20 percent). Only then will non-premium car brands follow (16 percent).

Replacing Physical Tests with Simulation

In order to ensure their safety, autonomous cars must be tested: on real roads and under numerous driving conditions. Physical driving tests alone cannot do this because the necessary scenarios are too varied and the required mileage is too high. Simulation significantly reduces the need for physical road tests. This enables engineers to test AV scenarios in a comparatively short time - and thus optimize the performance of sensors and perception algorithms, for example.

Infographics with the study results for Germany. (German)
Infographics with the study results for Germany. (German)
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Autonomous driving: The dream of engineers

"Automated driving has been the dream of engineers and travelers since at least the 1950s. The hardware and software required for practical implementation has only reached a level of maturity in the last ten years that could turn autonomous vehicles into practical reality," says Sam Abuelsamid, Principal Research Analyst at Navigant Research. "In order for automated driving to become an economic reality, consumers must be convinced that algorithms drive more reliably than humans. This is the only way they will trust autonomous vehicles."

This article was first published in German by Automobil Industrie.