Chinese Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars More Than Americans and Germans Do -- Study


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German certification and testing firm TÜV Rheinland revealed in a new study that consumers in China are twice as trusting of using driverless vehicles than Germans and Americans. This gave the insight to tech companies and automakers that if they want to deploy large numbers of autopilot cars, they may want to consider China first.

TÜV Rheinland claimed to have surveyed more than a thousand licensed drivers. It shows that 63 percent of Chinese study respondents said self-driving cars will increase safety on the roads, while only 34 percent of Germans and Americans believe so. The study also notes that almost half of the German and American respondents consider a decrease of road safety if they will use cars that have no manual controls.

As to the cybersecurity perception, respondents from all three countries were concerned that self-driving vehicles may link to car hacking or data theft. Seventy-six percent of the German respondents even said that their personal information may be stolen, just like the view of 67 respondents from America. In China, a close 63 percent thinks the same.

Although automakers are already capable of harvesting data from the vehicles they manufacture, American respondents claim that they were not well informed about it and 55 percent of them said they have no idea what kind of data is being collected or who are authorized to view it.