Study Shows Men, People Under 45 Embrace Self-Driving Cars
Guess what—if you’re male and under 45, chances are you’re willing to hop into a self-driving car. At least that’s what researchers at the University of Michigan claim. Could that be further validation that millennials don’t want to drive? Possibly. Does it mean an accelerated path to cars becoming self-driving? Not likely. RELATED: See More Photos of the Google Self-Driving Car
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute examined drivers’ preferences for automated vehicles, including their overall concern about riding in self-driving cars. They found 57 percent of people would ride in either a fully automatic self-driving car or a partially self-driving vehicle with only occasional control by the driver.
Where are the skeptics in all this? Not surprisingly, it’s people over 45 [not exactly known for their leadership in new technology] and women. Until the majority of people over 45 and women accept self-driving cars, we’re not going to see the mainstream use of the technology.
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Why’s that? As USA Today reports, Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 years old are now the most likely to buy a new car. Who compiled that statistic? None other than the folks at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
And, guess who influences automobile buying? If you said women, you’re right. According to a Forbes report, more women have driver’s licenses in the U.S. The same article says they influence 80 percent of all car buying, too.
Self-driving cars still have a long way to go before they’re sold in large numbers. That’s good news for those of us who want to drive our own cars.
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