More than one in four Belgians fears autonomous cars to be unsafe

Thursday, 24 January 2019 15:26
Confidence among Belgian consumers in autonomous vehicles is stagnating, according to consulting firm Deloitte’s study on the subject published Thursday, during the ongoing Brussels motor show.
43% of respondents do not believe that these vehicles will be safe, which is a slight decrease from 50% last year, and down sharply from 69% in 2017 who expressed concern about these cars’ safety.

A series of high-profile incidents may have contributed to the loss of consumers’ confidence, Deloitte justifies, while expecting gradual acceptance to come.

Moreover, only a third (33%) of consumers question the necessity to own one’s vehicle.

Even if nearly 7 out of ten consumers (69%) want their car to have connectivity features, they are not necessarily convinced by the entailed price. One third (33%) of Belgians are indeed not willing to pay more for a connected vehicle, and 56% do not intend to pay more than 1,200 euros.

With vehicles being increasingly connected, 40% of respondents are worried about the risks involved with personal information being collected and shared with third parties.

For 43% of respondents, the most important aspect of mobility is not connectivity, but the possibility to reach their destination as quickly as possible.

O. Apelblat
The Brussels Times
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