If you’ve turned on the television or any internet news sites in the past few months, surely you’ve heard about and have an opinion on autonomous driving. However you feel about it, it seems to be the way of the future for automobiles. In order to get a hold on how the country feels collectively about autonomous driving, Volvo Cars conducted a huge online survey called the Future of Driving. At the time of publishing, it had received nearly 50,000 respondents. Here in California, folks seems quite eager about autonomous driving; elsewhere in the country, there are a few more reservations.

 

 

It would seem that our country is divided on the topic of autonomous vehicles on public roads. Here in California, 86 percent of respondents say they believe autonomous vehicles could make life easier, a belief we see echoed in New York by 90 percent of respondents. Those two huge votes of confidence are contrasted rather sharply by the skepticism of places like Illinois and Texas. For example, only 52 percent of Illinois drivers would trust an autonomous vehicle to make decisions related to their safety. In a similar vein, only 60 percent of Texans felt autonomous cars could keep their families safer, while that number rises to 69 percent nationally. The largest area of agreement, however, had to do with how American lawmakers are responding to the coming of autonomous cars. An overwhelming 90 percent said that local authorities and governments are not moving quickly enough to adequately plan for autonomous driving.

“The difference between states regarding the safety benefits of autonomous cars highlights why we need a federal framework for autonomous driving regulations. Volvo believes that autonomous driving vehicles should give you the freedom to choose when you want to drive and when you want to delegate driving to the car. The Future of Driving survey confirmed that consumers seek this freedom as autonomous driving technologies are introduced.” —Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA

By 2017, Volvo will launch an autonomous driving pilot program called “Drive Me.” This program will put 100 consumers in autonomous vehicles to start testing in earnest. Until that day, though, you’re still the person who will be driving your new Volvo model. If you’re not yet the happy owner of a great new or pre-owned Volvo models, then allow us to invite you in to see us at Volvo of Orange County, located on 1400 S Dan Gurney, Santa Ana, CA.