When it comes to driverless cars, Americans tend to trust tech companies to build them rather than automakers.
That’s just one data point found by a new study by Kirkland-based transportation analytics company INRIX.
INRIX Research surveyed 5,054 drivers in five countries for the study. It found that 1.4 times as many Americans trust tech companies to build driverless cars rather than automakers. That’s the inverse of the other countries — U.K., Germany, France, and Ireland — studied.
And they especially don’t trust ridesharing companies to build driverless cars, according to the study.
“A new battleground is emerging between automakers, tech companies, and ridesharing companies in the race to develop connected and autonomous vehicles,” said Bob Pishue, senior economist at INRIX, in a news release. “With hundreds of millions of connected cars expected to be on the roads within the next 15 years, the market share will be owned by companies that can educate drivers and gain consumer trust.”
There’s also generational differences when it comes to driverless cars. Baby Boomers in the U.S. feel autonomous and connected cars are less safe than those on the road today. Gen Xers and Millennials feel the opposite.
The study found that 75 percent of Baby Boomers thought that autonomous vehicles would improve car access for the elderly, 53 percent still said they were unlikely to purchase an autonomous vehicle.
Overall, six out of 10 respondents believe that autonomous vehicles will be available widely within the decade.