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Gartner survey: 55% of respondents will not ride in a fully autonomous vehicle

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An online survey, conducted by Gartner revealed that 55% of respondents will not consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle. (photo from Wikimedia ...

An online survey, conducted by Gartner revealed that 55% of respondents will not consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle. (photo from Wikimedia ...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—An online survey, conducted by Gartner, Inc. from April 2017 through May 2017, and polled 1,519 people in the U.S. and Germany, revealed that 55% of respondents will not consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle, while 71% may consider riding in a partially autonomous vehicle.

Many consumers are cautious about fully autonomous vehicles because they are concerned about technology failures and security, according to the research results.

"Fear of autonomous vehicles getting confused by unexpected situations, safety concerns around equipment and system failures and vehicle and system security are top concerns around using fully autonomous vehicles," explains Mike Ramsey, research director at Gartner.

Survey respondents agreed that fully autonomous vehicles do offer many advantages, including improved fuel economy and a reduced number and severity of crashes, according to the survey. Additional benefits they identified include having a safe transportation option when drivers are tired and using travel time for entertainment and work.

Gartner survey: 55% of respondents will not ride in a fully autonomous vehicle

(photo from Flickr by Audi USA)

Dozens of companies are currently developing sensors and other technologies required to enable vehicles to detect and understand their surroundings. As of mid-2017, more than 46 companies are building artificial intelligence (AI)-based software to control an autonomous vehicle and make it operate in the world, according to Gartner.

The company said it expects to see multiple launches of autonomous vehicles around 2020. However, the full impact of autonomous vehicle technology on society and the economy will not begin to emerge until approximately 2025, Gartner said. Consumer and social acceptance is a key driver in autonomous vehicle adoption, the company added.