Driving is so
That's the sentiment drawn from a recent study by a French agency that suggests most buyers are ready to embrace the self-driving car revolution.
Capgemini, a digital consulting agency based in Paris, France, has found many people are keen to start using autonomous cars.
which polled 5,500 people around the world, including drivers and automotive execs, suggests most folks are looking forward to the extra time they'll gain from using a self-driving car.
Sixty-three per cent of people say they'd spend that new-found time socializing with family and friends, be it digitally on FaceTime or in real life inside of the car, while 45 per cent said they'd spend the time snoozing.
Of course, there are even more, ahem,
activities one could engage
in inside a self-driving vehicle (we're talking about sex, shhhh
“It's not just safety and the technical aspects of autonomous cars that will determine their adoption rate—it's also the consumer experience,” Markus Winkler, the director of the global automotive sector at Capgemini, told
The study also found that consumers are willing to increase their spend, with 56 per cent saying they'd fork out up to 20 per cent more to have a self-driving car.
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Half of the people polled also felt that in the future, they'd trust their self-driving car to make safe decisions during “unexpected situations,” pick-up family and friends (like minors) who don't have a license, and even run errands. The Chinese respondents were most welcoming of an autonomous future, while the British were most wary.
Interestingly, the layman (a.k.a. the public) proved to be more optimistic about the potential for a self-driving future than the automotive executives interviewed, perhaps due to a general misunderstanding of the challenges facing the technology.
The study also showed when it comes to accepting self-driving tech, buyers are more trusting of the bigger and more established automakers than they are of the start-ups in the field.