Autonomous evolution simply ‘life’

Over a quarter (26%) of British drivers believe the autonomous evolution is simply ‘part of life’ with the next generation having to embrace learning new skills, other than driving.

The new research from LeasePlan UK, one of the world’s largest vehicle management groups, also reveals that over one-third (36%) claim they are ready to embrace driverless technology, as it would stop them from having to rely on public transport.

But, not everyone seems comfortable with an autonomous world; 26% are saddened that the next generation may never know the freedom that driving gives them, as 37% say driving gives them control of their destiny – something the next generations may not have. Although, another one-fifth (18%) are not convinced that driving will disappear completely, given the amount of people living in rural areas.

Matt Dyer, managing director of LeasePlan UK, said, ‘With automakers rolling out autonomous vehicles by 2020, fully driverless cars will be here before we know it, and these vehicles have the potential to transform lives – with safer roads, less congestion and the potential for more free time.

‘But today – there’s no denying that Britain is still a nation with a love of driving – with 84% choosing their car as their preferred form of transport.’

The research from LeasePlan UK also shows a difference in generational attitude towards driverless cars. Surprisingly, 18-24-year-olds are the most disappointed (31%) that the next generation may not know the freedom of driving, compared to just 19% of drivers aged 35-44. Whilst drivers over-55 are more sentimental about the symbolism behind getting a licence.