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Results of 2018 Annual Victorian Self-Driving Car Survey

More than 18,000 motorists participated in EastLink's 2018 Annual Victorian Self-Driving Car Survey, which is a 20% increase on last year. This is the largest survey of its type in the world.

Compared to last year, fewer motorists want a fully self-driving car. This reduction in desirability for fully self-driving vehicles indicates that expectations had become over-inflated by hype.

A significant proportion of motorists expect that fully self-driving vehicles should be absolutely 100% safe with no possibility of ever being involved in a collision, even though this is an unrealistic, unachievable expectation. This will be a significant hurdle for the autonomous vehicle industry to overcome.

In contrast to these mixed results for fully self-driving cars, usage of, and demand for the latest safety and driver assistance features has increased in almost all cases compared to last year, with larger increases seen among female respondents.

EastLink anticipates that widespread adoption and use of the latest safety and driver assistance features – such as lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking – will significantly improve road safety by reducing the number and severity of crashes.

These survey results support EastLink’s expectation that these features will become commonplace before fully autonomous vehicles.

Compared to last year, demand for connected car features is largely unchanged. A clear majority of respondents still “definitely want” their next car to be connected to a data network for traffic warnings, road condition warnings and vehicle security features. This demonstrates the importance of EastLink’s trials of 5.9GHz infrastructure to vehicle communications, which started earlier this year.

The desirability of hybrid and fully electric cars has increased further, with hybrid power now rivalling traditional petrol combustion engines.

More motorists think it’s unfair that electric vehicles avoid fuel tax compared to those who think it’s fair. More motorists think fuel tax should be replaced by a per-kilometre road use charge compared to those who prefer the status quo. The majority of motorists think any future road use charge should provide a discount for electric vehicles to encourage take-up.

Download the media release which includes the survey results:

pdfResults of 2018 Annual Victorian Self Driving Vehicle Survey

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