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London drivers most willing to commute hands-free in a Google car

London drivers most willing to commute hands-free in a Google car
Tristan Honeywill

A survey of new car buyers in the UK by, has revealed that London drivers are the most tech-friendly when it comes to new vehicle technology. The survey found that 61% of drivers in the capital would like to be driven by an auto-pilot function like the Google car.

London drivers tied first with drivers from Birmingham, as the most receptive to the idea of driverless vehicles. Drivers in Newcastle were the least willing, with only 32% of people prepared to travel in a self-driving car.

The survey indicated that just over 50% of UK drivers would like to test-drive a car with an auto-pilot function. More men were interested in the technology, making up 55% of those saying yes. Younger drivers between the ages of 17-24 years old were the most willing age group, with almost 75% saying they would be happy to experience the technology.

Survey Autonomous nationalThe figures aren’t just a measure of how congested local roads are; drivers are becoming more comfortable with technology taking control for them. In the survey, of the people who said they’d like to try the technology, not all said they would actually want an auto-pilot function in their next car. However, most indicated they would seriously consider fitting autonomous emergency braking and other accident prevention options next time. That’s really the first step.

Autonomous vehicles, or driver-less cars, use radars, cameras and GPS to navigate and detect other traffic, pedestrians and potential hazards so that they can complete journeys without the input of a human driver. The same radars and cameras can be used much more simply to detect an imminent accident and to then alert a distracted driver or even apply the brakes. And, when the system intervenes, it brakes much harder than most drivers.

Once drivers get used to the idea that they can the technology in an emergency, the number of people signing up for something like the Google car will increase. Car companies such as Volvo (pictured above) are already working on technologies to make driverless commuting safe, efficient and practical.

Which would you trust most to get you home? Please take part in the survey above – and follow us for more news and updates on driverless cars.




  1. 10% of all new cars in 2035 will be self driving

    • Could be 10%. Could be more. Depends on how you define self-driving. If you’re expecting the car to come and collect you from the airport, maybe not. If you want to read a book while driving on the motorway, I think 10% by 2035 is a little conservative.

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