Consumer Confidence in Self-Driving Vehicles Appears to be Growing Globally

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If you still have some doubts about whether consumers will ever fully buy into the idea of self-driving vehicles, you might find a recent report by ANSYS interesting, A survey conducted by the software company found that seven out of 10 consumers believe self-driving cars will outperform humans within a decade.

  • ANSYS found that 77 percent of people around the globe believe that autonomous vehicles will outperform human drivers by 2029.
  • Eighty-three percent of the Japanese surveyed feel that AV technology will surpass the capabilities of humans within a decade.
  • Twenty-four percent of those surveyed believe that luxury carmakers would offer a safer autonomous vehicle.

A new global survey indicates that consumer confidence in the future of self-driving vehicles is actually getting stronger.

The survey, conducted by the software company, ANSYS, found that seven out of 10 consumers or 77 percent of respondents believe that autonomous vehicles will outperform human driving capabilities by 2029.

Japanese respondents showed the most faith in self-driving vehicles, with 83 percent believing that AV technology will surpass the driving skills of humans within a decade. Thirty-eight percent of Japanese respondents believe AVs are already safer than human operated vehicles.

Audi study „25th Hour – Flow“: No Congestion in the City oThe ANSYS study highlights some interesting thoughts on the perceived safety of luxury self-driving cars in the future. (Image: Audi)

Among young early adaptors, 87 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds and 88 percent of 25-to-34-year-olds surveyed are open to riding in self-driving vehicles during their lifetime. In contrast, 43 percent of those over the age of 65 surveyed noted they would never ride in an autonomous vehicle. No huge surprise there, right?

According to the ANSYS report, Chinese are the most open to riding in AVs, with 97 percent of the respondents noting that they would be open to riding in a self-driving vehicle. Respondents from the United Kingdom were found to be the least comfortable with the technology, with just 57 percent saying they’d be up to riding in a self-driving vehicle.

One of the most interesting points raised in the ANSYS survey lies in how respondents view AVs in regards to different car manufacturers. For example, 24 percent of the respondents believe luxury carmakers would offer the safest self-driving vehicle, compared to 16 percent for non-luxury car brands. Twenty percent of the respondents believe that tech companies will one day offer safer self-driving vehicles.


The ANSYS survey adds a more optimistic perspective to the autonomous vehicle discussion, amid the looming skepticism about the future viability of the technology. The study also highlights the challenge that some of the more general market carmakers will likely face in winning over consumers with their self-driving cars.

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