71% of motorists think that the 100% autonomous car should become a reality within ten years, according to the Cetelem Observatory of the 2018 car. The Chinese are the most optimistic (92%), in front of the Mexicans ( 89%) and Brazilians (85%). They are the same ones who are ready to take the plunge.
Nearly half of the drivers surveyed worldwide (48%) are now close to buying a Google car or its equivalent, although with great disparities depending on the region. Thus, the Chinese are by far the most enthusiastic since 92% of them would be ready to take the step now, ahead of Mexicans (79%) and Brazilians (68%). The same would be willing to pay more for a fully autonomous vehicle. These emerging and dynamic markets, therefore, favour the autonomous car more than other, more traditional, such as Japan and the United States (39%) or France (33%).
In general, those most interested in using an autonomous car in the world are young people aged 18 to 29 (61%).
This survey was conducted online from August 28 to September 21, 2017 by Kantar TNS with 10,600 owners of a personal car purchased new or used in the last five years across 15 countries (South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, China, Spain, United States, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom and Turkey) selected according to the quota method.