Autonomous vehicles - The future of transport: A brave new world?

  • 6,000 survey participants
  • 6 global territories
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The world is on the cusp of a transport revolution: one in which machines will increasingly take control from humans. That shift raises fundamental concerns around public safety and where the liability rests when accidents occur. It also means a major shift in the amount of data that is collected by vehicles, and how that data is stored and used. Faced with these challenges, the views of end-users will be integral to deciding the scale and speed at which markets choose to adopt autonomous vehicle technology.

Gearing up for this new era of transportation presents many challenges, which our report, Autonomous vehicles - The future of transport: A brave new world? explores in greater detail. With considerations across a range of transport sectors – road, rail, aviation and maritime – we have looked at how the application of autonomous vehicle technology across these will present unique obstacles and opportunities.

Research methodology

To help us assess the changing transport landscape, we commissioned Cicero Group to perform two phases of research. The first of these involved undertaking an online survey of over 6,000 adults across six markets – Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States – to help us assess the current state of public opinion in each jurisdiction and to identify common concerns and potential barriers to the adoption of new driverless technology.

The second phase consisted of undertaking a range of in-depth interviews with market practitioners across different transport sectors and industries to identify potential technical and legal obstacles to adopting the technology. Throughout the course of our research, we engaged senior practitioners across Australasia, Denmark, Singapore, UK and US representing the following sectors: Aviation, automotive/road, insurance, public transport and shipping.

Despite clear public acknowledgement of the fundamental changes taking place on our roads and transit routes, public acceptance of widespread autonomous vehicle technology is far from guaranteed.

Richard West, Partner

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Key findings

Strong support for increased autonomy - but support is qualified

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Public trust remains a key barrier

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People react differently to the range of forms of automated travel

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People envisage a different future - but individual behaviours will be harder to change

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Alongside the many possible benefits - efficiency and lower emissions, public safety and greater social inclusion - there are a range of emerging risks for businesses and end-users.

Deborah Newberry, Head of Corporate and Public Affairs

Practical considerations from industry

Clearly, views from the public give us an idea as to the communication challenges industry may face in the roll-out of autonomous vehicles on road and rail. However, our engagement with industry stakeholders outlined a number of practical considerations above and beyond public attitudes and perceptions.

Full autonomy is evolution rather than revolution

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Real-world environment testing

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Overcoming cost barriers

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Changing patterns of transport usage

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Insurance premiums and data sharing

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Impact on workforces

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