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Half of UAE residents are likely to buy a self-driving car in the future
Men are more likely than women to own an autonomous car and many consider it safer than its human-driven counterpart

If it had been easily accessible to them, half of UAE residents (49%) stated they are likely to own a self-driving car in the subsequent 5 years, near to a quarter (23%) are unlikely to do so and an equal share (23%) are unsure, YouGov’s trendy research reveals.

By comparison, men are more inclined to own an independent car in the future than women, with 53% men saying this as in contrast to 42% women.

Amongst the a range of age-groups, people in their thirties (52%) are more probable than those under thirty (47%) and those aged forty and above (48%) to possess one. Working experts are also far greater likely to own an self sustaining car when in contrast to their non-working counterparts (53% vs 36%).

When it comes to safety, YouGov’s research results that 43% experience driverless cars are safer than human-driven cars, 27% assume they are less protected while 17% say they are just about the same. Again, men are more likely than women to think about self sustaining cars safer than human-driven cars (47% vs 37%). Among these who experience self-driven cars lag behind human-driven cars in terms of safety, a majority (66%) suspect the technology backing the development and experience it should fail on the road. A comparable share doubt the technology’s competency in recognizing and reacting to unexpected moves on the road (64%). A massive percentage feels self-driven cars can’t spot risks well (44%) and may pose a possible danger to pedestrians (44%).

Despite the scepticism on the security of self-driving cars, near to half (48%) of the surveyed respondents feel more checking out of self-driving cars in the real-world will increase their self assurance in the security of these cars. Women are more possibly than men to say this (53% vs 44%).

Two in five (39%) people stated checking out a self-driving car will give a boost to their trust in them. Those aged between 35 and 39 years are more likely to say this than the rest of the generations. An equal percentage of people (39%) believes that better knowledge of the technology used for these vehicles will additionally give a boost to their trust.

On the vivid side, many trust in the advantages of an self reliant vehicle. More than two in five experience self-driving cars are more likely than human-driven cars to spot risks in negative situation (42%) as well as spot risks in the dark (42%). Almost as many believe they will be faster to react to dangers than people (40%) and will also decrease road traffic (39%).

Commenting on the results, Zafar Shah, Research Director, Data Services at YouGov MENA said: “Public sentiment and affinity to this disruptive innovation is not quite different as it goes through the new technology adoption lifecycle. As technology progresses, driverless vehicles are nearly without a doubt the future of transport. The UAE is already anticipated to issue the final standards and rules for self reliant vehicles this year which means this futuristic technology is a lot nearer to fact than we think.”

Data gathered online with the aid of YouGov Omnibus amongst 504 respondents in the UAE between 26th and 30th December 2019 using YouGov’s panel of over 6 million people worldwide. Data is representative of the adult online population in the country.

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