Study Says Tesla the Most-Trusted Brand to Develop Autonomous Vehicles
Beating 55 other car companies and tech firms, drivers trust this trendsetting automaker the most to develop self-driving cars.
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What companies do drivers trust most to develop fully
? Auto Pacific, an automotive consulting and marketing research company, recently published a study that answers this very question.
Moving down the list, Toyota came in second place with 19% of respondents trusting it the most, then came BMW at 18%, Chevy with 16% and Ford at 14%, the latter two both offer hands-free, Level 2 driving aids with Super Cruise and BlueCruise, respectively. Rounding out the top 10, Apple and Honda were tied at 13%, then Audi, Subaru and Cadillac each finished in single digits.
Apple is intriguing as it does not build cars and never has. Similarly, according to Auto Pacific, 5% of people picked Sony as their top choice.
What is not surprising in this study is how eager people are to own an autonomous vehicle. Some 22% of shoppers aged between 30 and 39 want a self-driving car as soon as possible. That compares to just 14% of people between 18 and 29. Naturally, older folks are much more cautious. Of people aged 60 and up, only 3% want an autonomous vehicle as soon as possible. What's common across all age groups, however, is that everyone wants self-driving cars to have a proven safety record.
There are no fully autonomous cars available today, but they're in the works. Features like Super Cruise and BlueCruise offer a tantalizing taste of what's to come in the hopefully not-too-distant future. It'll be interesting to see who gets there first and which companies consumers ultimately end up trusting.