Seven out of 10 consumers believe autonomous cars drive better than humans or will surpass human abilities by 2029, according to a worldwide consumer survey commissioned by Ansys. The complete Ansys Global Autonomous Vehicles Report, released today, uncovers varying consumer attitudes with autonomous vehicles (AVs). The survey was conducted online and examines the attitudes of 22,041 adults, ages 18+, in 11 markets (the UK, U.S., DACH, France, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Sweden, Japan, China, India).

Ansys commissioned the survey to gauge global consumer perception of AVs and better understand expectations for the future of travel. In June, the company unveiled a snapshot from this study of public attitudes toward autonomous aircraft. Today’s full release of the Global Autonomous Vehicles Report provides a more expansive analysis into public perceptions. The report confirms that consumers have high expectations for autonomous capabilities and they are comfortable with the idea of riding in autonomous cars and aircraft in their lifetime.

Highlights from the report include: 

  • Seventy-one percent of global respondents believe autonomous cars are better at driving than humans or will surpass human abilities within 10 years.
  • Japanese respondents were more confident in AVs than the global average; 83% believe autonomous cars will be better drivers than humans within a decade, and 38% believe they already are.
  • Seventy-seven percent of global respondents would be comfortable riding in an autonomous car at some point during their lifetime.
  • Eighty-seven percent of 18- to 24-year-old respondents and 88% of 25- to 34-year-old respondents reported feeling comfortable with autonomous cars in their lifetime. Forty-three percent of respondents over the age of 65 said they would never ride in an autonomous car.
  • At 97%, Chinese respondents were most open to riding in an autonomous car during their lifetime. By contrast, just 57% of respondents from the UK said they would be comfortable riding in an autonomous car.
  • When asked their top concern for riding in autonomous cars and planes, most respondents said technology failure at 59% and 65%, respectively.
  • Twenty-four percent of respondents believe luxury car companies would offer the safest autonomous driving experience, followed by technology companies that may one day offer an autonomous car (20%) and non-luxury brands (16%).

To view the report and learn more about the survey, visit