What Would You Do In Your Driverless Car?



Driverless cars are the future, and they will transform our lifestyle on the road; so what would 'driving' actually look like in a driverless car?

From asking this question, we started on a journey to find out how the people of the UK see themselves spending time without their hands on the wheel.

And the results we found were really interesting.

1. People still want to drive. 73% of people would not give up driving in exchange for a driverless car.

People still want to drive

2. People don't want to buy a driverless car. 38% of people would not likely buy a driverless car even they were accessible and the same price as regular cars.

3. Younger generations would be most chilled in their driverless car. 18-24 year olds would feel more comfortable to do other activities besides watching the road in a driverless car, compared to all other age groups.

Age differences

4. The willingness to buy a driverless car doesn't necessarily decrease with age. More 55-64 year olds would consider purchasing a driverless car than 45-54 year olds.

What would you do in your driverless car?

Being in a driverless car offers a wide range of options to relax whilst letting your car do the driving for you; imagine that! So what did people say?

The young will catch Pokémon, the old will sleep.

Pokemon or sleeping

Everyone will enjoy a movie or read a book.

Movie or book in the car

Across all genders and age groups, the most selected answer was to watch a movie or read a book. (24%)


Whilst men relax, women will keep their eyes on the road.

Eyes on the road

More females would be keep their eyes on the road (22.3%) than males (16.3 %)


What jobs would you let your driverless car do without you?

In a world where driverless cars are commonplace, you won’t necessarily need to even be in the car. So imagine you could get your car to do some of your most inconvenient tasks, what would you do? Here’s what our survey said:

Middle aged men would send their car to the car wash over any other activity. Men 35+

Car wash

Women would pick up a takeaway from a drive through.

Takeaway

Only 4.2% of all respondents would send their children to school in a driverless car.

Send children to school

Only 3.6% of all respondents would send cash to someone using their driverless car.

Send someone cash

12.7% of respondents aged 18-25 would send their Gran to church in a driverless car.

Send Gran to church

The future of driverless cars

Talk of driverless cars is everywhere, and it seems as though the future is actually right now. So what next? The Hyperloop? Flying cars? Driverless flying cars? This got us thinking about what we would really want most from a car; flying or driverless?

Most people would prefer a flying car over a driverless car, apart from Women 55+, who would prefer a driverless car to a flying car.

Flying car

Methodology

The survey was conducted by Google consumer surveys in August 2016 and was based on 1591 online responses. Sample: UK adult internet population.

Question 1: If driverless cars were to become accessible and affordable in the next 5 years, how likely would you purchase one? [Scale of 1-5 where 5 is extremely likely]

Question 2: Choose the activities you would likely do on your commute:

  • Play Pokémon Go
  • Catch up on sleep
  • Finish getting ready (make-up, brush your teeth, etc.)
  • Watch movies/read
  • Meditation/Yoga
  • None of the above

Question 3: Choose the activities you would likely do when travelling at the weekend:

  • Play video games
  • 'Netflix and chill'
  • Have a few drinks on your way to meet your friends
  • Binge-watch a series
  • Eyes on the road; hold on for dear life!
  • None of the above

Question 4: In a driverless world, which of the following errands would you be comfortable for your car to do without you?

  • Send an important package
  • Send your children to school
  • Send cash to somebody
  • Pick up a drive through take away
  • Take your gran to church
  • Send your car to the car wash
  • None of the above

Question 5: Would you give up driving completely if driverless cars were available?

  • Yes
  • No

Question 6: Which would you prefer?

  • Flying car
  • Driverless car

You can find the full survey data of the results here.

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