The Chinese are a lot more positive about autonomous vehicles than Us citizens, according to a new report from Ford.
In fact, citizens of India and Brazil – two other large, developing countries – also seem to be considerably more hopeful in regards to a future with self-driving cars than those from more developed nations, like the U.S., Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.
And this implies that if so when autonomous vehicles become fit for widespread adoption, different regions or countries may approach them differently.
“What this tells us is certainly that autonomous vehicles aren’t necessarily heading to be a universal answer,” said Sheryl Connelly, who is manager of global customer trends and futuring at Ford.
Instead, the photo is nuanced and is certainly driven by context.
Ford asked 10,000 persons in nine several regions all over the world whether or not they agreed with the assertion “I am hopeful about the future of autonomous vehicles.”
The Chinese were most positive – 93 percent of respondents in that country agreed with the statement. India was close behind, with 81 percent agreeing. Three-quarters of Brazilians surveyed agreed.
And 71 percent of respondents in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which were combined in the survey, said they agreed.
Review that with the significantly smaller numbers observed in developed countries. Just 52 percent of Australian respondents agreed. Half of the respondents in both the United States and Canada agreed. Only 45 percent of respondents from the United Kingdom said they are hopeful about an autonomous future, as did just 44 percent of Germans.