What do consumers want in self-driving cars?
Self-adjusting performance based on weather conditions is the top choice of 1,000 people polled by Carnegie Mellon University on what they would like to see in a self-driving car.
The rest of the top choices of features, in descending order: Self-parking to find a space; driver fatigue warning; TV or computer in the dashboard; active visual display of car safety features; car that picks you up in the rain and voice command for the visually impaired.
Some of the desires varied by age. Those aged 18 to 24 were more interested than others in a TV or computer in the dashboard, virtual valet and an active visual display of car safety features. People under 35 opted the most to have their cars designed as an office. Millennials also showed the most interest in cars designed to host mobile parties.
Those aged 66 to 70 are the most likely to read in their driverless cars, and those aged 25 to 35 are most likely to watch movies and put on makeup.
Higher percentages of drivers aged 46 to 70 consider these situations safer with self-driving technology: Night driving, driving unfamiliar roads, navigating congested roads, merging traffic situations and doing interstate travel.Download Bulletin PDF