Public AV enthusiasm growing amid pandemic: survey

Dive Brief:
Nearly one in five Americans (19%) are more interested in autonomous vehicles (AVs) now than before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey from driverless technology company Motional.

The Motional Consumer Mobility Report surveyed 1,003 U.S. consumers in mid-July to find public enthusiasm toward driverless vehicles is generally growing. The survey responses show:
62% of respondents believe AVs are “the way of the future”
65% agree safety is the most important factor of an AV
54% believe driverless cars could increase transportation access for underserved communities
69% believe COVID-19 has changed how cities should be planned
84% believe access to safe, clean transportation is a public health issue

The report also indicates widespread consumer misunderstandings, with 45% of respondents believing there is no difference between AVs and vehicles with driving assist features.