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Younger people are most likely to embrace autonomous vehicles with the tech-savvy 18-24 year-olds the most receptive to the idea
The UK is warming to the idea of autonomous vehicles with young drivers most likely to embrace driverless car membership programmes.
According to research carried out by used car specialist, HPL Motors, one quarter (24 per cent) of Britons would trade in their vehicle in favour of a driverless car subscription scheme.
Growing popularity of car share initiatives coupled with the ongoing development of driverless car technology could sound the death knell for traditional vehicle ownership, and “revolutionise motoring”, the report suggested.
“Perhaps unsurprisingly, tech-savvy 18- to 24-year-olds are the most receptive to the idea, with 34 per cent of this age group stating that they would join a driverless car membership scheme,” it continued.
At the other end of the scale, 35- to 44-year-olds are the least likely to embrace this new way of getting around (only 18 per cent would part with their own car).
“It’s hard to argue that driverless cars won’t be the biggest disruptor that the motoring industry has ever encountered,” said Jonathan Herman, managing director at HPL Motors.
“We’re already seeing an upturn in the popularity of convenient car share schemes and the emergence of autonomous cars could completely overhaul the way we get from A to B.”
Although three quarters of respondents (76 per cent) said they wouldn’t sacrifice their own car to join a pay-as-you-go service straight away, “the point that a quarter of people would already entertain the notion -- a decade before fully-driverless cars are expected to hit the roads -- is noteworthy”, the report added.