A year or so ago, if you mentioned autonomous car to me, I would have pictured some geeky dudes from Google being carted around in a dodgy Mitsubishi I-Miev looking vehicle with a weird camera sticking out of the top. In other words I was never very excited by the prospect, it seemed like the latest fad that people would talk about for a while, but inevitably the buzz would die down.
Before autonomous cars it was all electric this, electric that or talk about hydrogen fuel. Yet even though the electric cars have made waves particularly with the hybrids like the popular Renault Twingo, they are still part of a pretty niche market, with the majority still opting for petrol or diesel engines. However, before autonomous cars have even come close to being available it is becoming apparent that there is a pretty decent market for that type of vehicles.
According to a survey done by Motorpoint, the best part of 60% would be in the market to buy an autonomous vehicle. I guess it’s not that big a surprise when you consider the concepts that have been doing the rounds lately, particularly the Mercedes Benz F015 that was revealed in Las Vegas at the start of the month, at a show where many journalists arrived via autonomous Audi A7s. I mean who wouldn’t want to be driven around in one of them, also you don’t have to make awkward small talk with the driver. Bonus.