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New survey shows connected car owners not ready to switch to self-driving cars

The automotive industry is focused on bringing self-driving cars to the mass market, but a survey shows that connected car drivers of all ages just aren’t ready to hand over the controls. The survey was conducted by Solace, a provider of data movement technology for connected vehicles and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The findings of the survey are listed below:

-More than half of the 1,500 respondents (57 percent) noted they would not buy a self-driving car, even if cost weren’t an issue.

-62 percent of drivers believe they drive safer in connected cars, but 40 percent noted they wouldn’t trust their car to brake for them, 9 percent said they always trust their connected car.

-Younger drivers are more hesitant to hand over the driving controls than older generations. 46 percent of millennials ages 18-25 would not trust their car to automatically react to driving conditions, whereas only a third of drivers 65 or older felt that way.

-49 percent of U.S. drivers are most likely to rely on safety sensors – such as lane departure alerts – in a connected car; 35 percent are most likely to rely on navigational driving prompts.

-26 percent also believe navigation is the most valuable connected feature for their driving needs; while 20 percent selected safety monitors as the most valuable connected feature.

-53 percent of respondents noted they use only one to two applications while driving, while less than three percent noted they use more than five.

-Roughly 15 percent said that if an app they’re using froze or stalled while they were driving it would create a poor driving experience. 18 percent noted they become frustrated while driving if an app provides incorrect information.

-Most consumers don’t know what happens to their data in a connected car. 48 percent weren’t aware that their vehicle could store their personal data, such as their home address, social security number, birthday, etc.

-Among top U.S. car brands, consumers see no clear leader when it comes to innovative technology. Among younger drivers (ages 18-25), however, two companies stood out: Mercedes (14 percent) and BMW (13 percent).

The survey, conducted between January 17 and 19, 2018, polled U.S. online consumers who identified as connected car drivers. All results were weighed against the U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey for age or gender so as to be representative of the adult U.S. Internet population.

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