Drivers are more ready than ever before for self-driving cars, making manufacturers worldwide invest in new technologies. Thanks to a recent survey by the World Economic Forum, more than 5,500 people were interviewed, showing that roughly 58% of individuals say they would be willing to ride in a self-driving car.
According to the World Economic Forum, this comes as a shock for most auto manufacturers, with around 52% of Americans saying they would be “likely” or “very likely” to at least take a ride in such a car. In India, about 85% of people surveyed said they would, while in Japan only about 36% said they would be willing.
Believe it or not, the heads of several car brands were shocked by this information. According to the WEF survey, a range of executives claimed that “consumers don’t even understand what self-driving means.” Turns out buyers are smarter than executives give them credit for.
In the US, the WEF found that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the city that is most likely to get a self-driving infrastructure in the near future. Uber and Carnegie Mellon are working together to set up a testing facility in the city currently.
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