According to a recent study performed on a global scale by data analysis company Inrix, consumers have trust issues with ride-hailing companies such as Uber when discussing autonomous technology.

Unsurprisingly, traditional automakers and technology giants such as Google’s Waymo are more likely to be viewed as reliable autonomous-vehicle technology producers, and this discrepancy is showing why Lyt and Waymo partnered – such new alliances will fill the void in autonomous-vehicle development. The survey covered 5,045 drivers from five countries, and around 30 percent put their trust in traditional makers when discussing the future self-driving cars, while more than 20 percent said they would place their trust in technology giants such as google or Apple. As opposed to this view, a mere 4 percent said they trust ride-hailing companies.

“Consumers and drivers have trust in these long-running corporations,” explains Bob Pishue, senior economist at Inrix and co-author of the report. “Rideshare companies are newer, and although they’re popular, people tend to trust those they’re most familiar with.” Autonomous car development is a hugely costing affair – the Boston Consulting Group views this up and coming segment worth $77 billion by 2035. Partnerships seem to be the right solution to alleviate consumer concerns, with 71 percent of respondents saying they believe autonomous cars to become as safe or safer than regular cars, but only a quarter admitting they would buy one.

Via Automotive News


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