People want self-driving cars from automakers, not tech companies


Tech companies like Google have been at the forefront of self-driving car development, but most consumers wish that wasn’t the case. According to a survey from the Boston Consulting Group and the World Economic Forum, more than half of consumers across the globe are open to the idea of adopting a self-driving car, but a mere 16% of them actually trust tech companies to develop those cars. Most of them would much rather have a traditional automaker be the one to make the car.

Google, Uber, and other tech companies and may be leading the charge in developing self-driving car technology, but traditional automakers will likely play a big part in making the tech mainstream. More than half consumers around the world are open to adopting self-driving cars, but the vast majority of them don’t want to tech companies to be the producer. About 60% of consumers in cities worldwide are ready to embrace driverless vehicles, but only 16% of people trust a tech company to produce a vehicle, according to a survey by The World Economic Forum and The Boston Consulting Group published Tuesday. Instead, about 46% of people said that they preferred traditional automakers lead the development and piloting of self-driving cars. That doesn’t mean they want tech companies cut out of the process, though. According to the survey, which included 5,500 consumers in ten different countries, 69% of people are more trusting of self-driving vehicles where both parties play a part.

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