UAE ready to embrace the self-driving car

Study finds residents of the emirates are among the world’s most accepting of driverless vehicles
UAE ready to embrace the self-driving car
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By Staff writer
Tue 16 Aug 2016 10:45 AM

UAE consumers are among the world’s most willing to welcome self-driving cars.

Up to 70 percent of consumers would ride in a driverless vehicle, while 79 percent would travel in a partially self-driving car.

The Self-Driving Vehicles, Robo-Taxis, and the Urban Mobility Revolution report found that 47 percent in the UAE are willing to pay more for a self-driving car, while third would spend $5,000 (AED18,400) more to ride in the car.

The report, released by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, was carried out in August 2015 and including 504 UAE respondents.

It found 44 per cent of respondents said traditional car manufacturers should be the ones to produce self-driving vehicles (SDVs).

"There is a compelling case to be made for SDVs in cities,” said Nikolaus Lang, a senior partner at BCG and co-author of the study.

"Ride-shared, electric robo-taxis can substantially transform and improve urban transportation and, by direct extension, livability, by providing more people with easier access to mobility, making streets safer, and freeing up space no longer needed for parking," he said.

The report found the biggest reasons to own a self-driving vehicle were not having to park, being able to multitask while travelling, the novelty factor and being able to switch to self-driving mode in highways and heavy traffic.

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