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Young drivers set to push autonomous car revolution forward

Thursday 30 March 2017, By Autovolo

Young drivers set to push autonomous car revolution forward

Young drivers set to push autonomous car revolution forward

Young drivers are to be the driving force behind autonomous vehicle technology, according to a new report.

Three quarters of 17 to 24-year-olds believe that self-driving technology will help improve their quality of life, research has also revealed. 

The key factors behind young people embracing new technology were increased mobility and reduced stress – while the high cost of car ownership and poor public transport links caused more than half of young people to say that they felt their mobility is restricted.

The survey, conducted by Strategy& on behalf of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, questioned 3,641 consumers. It also found that older people, or those with disabilities, felt that autonomous technology could provide a solution to their mobility problems. 

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles are life-changing.

“While fully autonomous cars will be a step change for society, this report shows young people are already tuning into their benefits – and it’s great to see tomorrow’s new car buyers getting excited about the vehicles they’ll be driving in the future.

“The challenge now is to meet this excitement by creating policy to allow this technology to thrive, given how it will deliver these wider societal advantages.”