Research shows drivers uninformed about car tech image

While numerous carmakers are investing billions of dollars in plug-in vehicles and self-driving car systems, hospital potential buyers and drivers out there seem to not be very aware of all the benefits that come with new technology as new study has it.

In a poll conducted by the market research firm Harris where 1, pill 052 U.S. residents participated, treatment 67% of them did not know anyone who owns an electric car, a plug-in hybrid or a hybrid. The research was commissioned by Ford Motor Co., which is investing $4.5 billion over the following several years to extend its range of plug-in hybrids, all-electric and hybrid units and to appeal to its clients. Out of all the respondents, 76% of them expressed uncertainty over the distance a plug-in hybrid could ride with a single charge. The information that seems to not have reached consumers is that these type of cars can work with electric power or gasoline.

When asked about a plug-in hybrid’s range, the average response was of 260.8 miles, which means less than half of most of the plug-in hybrids that are on the market. The poll also showed that affluent consumers and city residents were in fact more familiar with electric and hybrid cars.

At the same time, a survey conducted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers/ ICM Unlimited in U.K. stated that 55% of its 2,002 participants expressed their unwanting to ride in a driverless car.

Earlier this week, a study led by researcher Michael Sivak at the University of Michighan also revealed that U.S. residents are cautious towards autonomous cars and the safety they provide.