Survey Suggests Many Americans Open to Ditching Cars for Robotaxis

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Survey Suggests Many Americans Open to Ditching Cars for Robotaxis

12th February 2020 Automated Driving autonomous driving solutions autonomous technologies Market opportunities News research and development smart city transformative tech evolution Uncategorised 0

Car people: would you be open to giving up your car in exchange for travelling from place to place via a self-driving taxi? According to a new survey, a surprising number of Americans would be up for such a change. At AutoBlog, Gary S. Vasilash has the details of this new study, which could have a significant impact on how Americans travel in the years and decades to come.

Vasilash cites a recent article by Dan Ammann of the self-driving vehicle company Cruise. In it, Ammann makes the case that using a shared self-driving car or robotaxi will save households a lot of money.

All told, the average San Franciscan household driving themselves or using ridesharing, will, on average, see up to $5,000 back in their pocket every year.

This calculation also factors in a few other things specific to the Cruise Origin, including the fact that it’s designed to run for 1,000,000 miles. But between the Cruise Origin and Waymo’s foray into self-driving cars, there’s no shortage of high-profile projects currently in development.

As Vasilash writes at AutoBlog, this taken together with a recent AlixPartners study offers plenty for car enthusiasts and automakers to ponder. That AlixPartners study offered some interesting data about who might be interested in making a shift to robotaxi use:

In the U.S. — where 1,594 people 18 and above were surveyed — 44% said they would “consider giving up vehicle ownership.”

In Germany — where 1,015 were surveyed — 52% would be willing to consider giving up vehicle ownership.

And in China — 1,072 surveyed — a full 84% would consider giving up their vehicles.

It’s a fascinating look at where we might be headed, vehicularly-speaking — and just what we might be relying upon to get us there.


All credits to  Tobias Carroll

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