By Sam Bridge
Nearly half of UAE residents are likely to own a self-driving car in the next five years if it are available to them - survey
Nearly half of UAE residents are likely to own a self-driving car in the next five years if it are available to them, according to a new survey.
The poll by YouGov also showed that close to a quarter (23 percent) are unlikely to do so and an equal proportion is unsure.
It said men are more inclined to own an autonomous car in the future than women, with 53 percent of males expressing interest compared to 42 percent of females respondents.
Among the various age-groups, people in their thirties (52 percent) are more likely than those under 30 (47 percent) and those aged 40 and above (48 percent) to possess one.
When it comes to safety, YouGov’s research showed that 43 percent feel driverless cars are safer than human-driven cars, 27 percent think they are less safe while 17 percent say they are just about the same.
Among those who feel self-driven cars lag behind human-driven cars in terms of safety, a majority (66 percent) suspect the technology backing the advancement and feel it could fail on the road.
A similar proportion doubt the technology’s competency in spotting and reacting to sudden movements on the road while a large proportion feels self-driven cars can’t spot hazards well (44 percent) and may pose a potential threat to pedestrians (44 percent).
Despite the scepticism on the safety of self-driving cars, close to half (48 percent) of the surveyed respondents feel more testing of self-driving cars in the real-world will increase their confidence in the safety of these cars.
Zafar Shah, research director, Data Services at YouGov MENA said: “Public sentiment and affinity to this disruptive innovation is, not surprisingly, varied as it goes through the new technology adoption lifecycle. As technology progresses, driverless cars are almost certainly the future of transport.
"The UAE is already expected to issue the final standards and regulations for autonomous vehicles this year which means this futuristic technology is a lot closer to reality than we think.”