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Nearly half of Brits think they could drive better than an autonomous car

Nearly half of Brits think they could drive better than an autonomous car

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Close to half of British drivers think that they’re better behind the wheel than an autonomous vehicle.

A survey by Volkswagen Financial Services has found that 46 per cent of people believe that their driving skills would outperform an artificial intelligence system.  Of the 2,012 people studied, it was the Scottish who were the most confident drivers, with 54 per cent saying that they’d be better behind the wheel than an autonomous vehicle. This was then followed by those from the north of England with 48 per cent. 


At the other end of the scale, just 40 per cent of drivers in Wales and the south-west of England believed that their driving skills were better than an autonomous vehicle’s. Those aged between 18 and 24 were the most confident in their own skills - at 52 per cent - compared with 39 per cent of those aged over 75. 


Earlier this year, the Department for Transport announced that self-driving vehicles could be on the UK’s roads by the end of 2021, with automated lane-keeping systems the first to be legalised for use on the public road. That said, Brits don’t feel confident that self-driving vehicles will be hitting the public roads anytime soon. Of those questioned, just 24 per cent think that the first autonomous cars will come in five to 10 years, though eight per cent weren’t confident that they’d ever go on sale. 


​​Mike Todd, CEO at Volkswagen Financial Services UK, said: “I think our study offers a fascinating insight into the collective psyche of British motorists as it confirms that we’re a proud nation of drivers and that we’re very confident in our own driving abilities. “It speaks volumes that so many of us would rather be in control behind the wheel as opposed to being chauffeured by highly sophisticated technology.”

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