The ‘Attitudes to AVs’ report shows that many people feel that AVs would help deliver a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits.

In addition, the levels of trust in AVs among the people surveyed was also shown to be fairly high, with 55% of respondents agreeing that they can trust an AV and 23% saying they ‘somewhat’ agreed they would trust an AV to deliver them to their destination safely.

Chief Scientist and Research Director, Transportation at TRL, Alan Stevens, commented: “While this survey looks at a relatively small and self-selecting sample of people, it is pleasing to see that so many of them were open to using an autonomous vehicle.

“Of course, there were also concerns expressed around certain parameters of an AV’s operation, namely the security of the software and what data the vehicle would store. However, these are issues that we are already beginning to address, with work taking place on various projects and trials.”

TRL is at the forefront of smart mobility with a current portfolio of connected and automated vehicle projects in excess of £50m including projects such as GATEway, MOVE_UK, Driven & Streetwise.

The study was run in conjunction with Royal Holloway as part of a larger project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and took the form of an online survey, which received 233 responses. To read a full copy of the report please click here.

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