Trust of self-driving cars differs among genders, ride sharers, and prospective EV owners
Autolist.com released a study of 21,322 vehicle owners nationwide that shows deep divides in the trust of autonomous technology between several key groups.
The analysis showed differences among ride sharers. Uber riders are less trusting of autonomous technology than Lyft riders; data shows that the number of people who would not trust any form of autonomy today is 7% higher for Uber riders than it is for Lyft riders. In addition, Lyft riders are more trusting of all forms of self-driving technology.
There was also a divide in self-driving trust between genders. According to the data, the number of women who would not trust any form of self-driving vehicle is 12.3% higher than the number of men who would not trust one. Furthermore, men are more trusting of all forms of autonomous technology.
Beyond gender, the study found a link between the type of vehicle people are thinking about buying next and their trust of autonomous vehicles. Prospective EV owners are 23.2% more likely to trust self-driving cars than those not considering an EV. In addition, 20.5% more prospective EV owners believe some form of autonomous technology should be allowed by law today.
As the self-driving car horizon nears, it is clear that automakers and service providers will need to work harder to gain the trust of some demographics than they will for others.
To view the complete study, including additional data on these demographic divides, visit The Self-Drive Divide.