Older Drivers Embrace the Idea of Using Driverless Cars

Monday, 05 January 2015
  • Almost a third (29%)¹ of drivers would consider using a driverless car
  • Drivers in the North West and East Midlands most likely to consider driverless cars
  • To help older drivers stay fit to drive, RIAS has launched www.drive-fit.co.uk

 

As we approach 2015 and technology continues to leave us speechless, new research today from specialist insurance provider RIAS reveals that older drivers are beginning to embrace the prospect of driverless cars. With driverless cars set to be trialled across the country from January2, almost a third of drivers surveyed (29%)¹ aged 40 and above said that if driverless cars were deemed safe over the next few years they would consider using one, with this figure rising to 32% among drivers aged 60-69.

 

A report earlier this year from RIAS revealed that one in five (22%) drivers3 over 50 in the UK don’t think they would pass their driving test today, so it is no surprise to hear that 51% of older drivers think this exciting new technology might help them stay behind the wheel for longer.

 

Peter Corfield, Managing Director at RIAS said:We live in an ever-changing world and it is absolutely incredible to think that we could be driving around in driverless cars in the next few years.  It’s fantastic to see that older drivers are embracing this idea and are actually considering the prospect of using a driverless car if they are deemed safe.  Being able to prolong their independence through adopting new technology will be a real help to those who may find it harder to get around as they get older.”

 

The UK has an ageing population and there are now more older drivers on the road than ever before. Research has shown that appetite for driverless cars among older drivers varies across the country,

with those in the North West and the East Midlands being the most likely to consider using one at 43%.  This compares to just 15% of those in the North East of England saying they would consider it. 

 

Region

% of those who would consider using a driverless car

Scotland

28%

North East

15%

North West

43%

Yorkshire & Humberside

30%

East Midlands

43%

West Midlands

20%

Wales

21%

East of England

31%

London

26%

South East

32%

South West

20%

Data: prepared for AGEAS by ICM

 

Peter Corfield, Managing Director at RIAS continued: ‘Our aim is to support safe driving as we get older. It’s not just our driving that alters over time - today cars are faster, there are more of them on the roads and now we’re on the cusp of seeing driverless cars. It will be very interesting to see how these trials pan out and what our roads will look like ten years from now, but it’s clear that technology has a key role to play, and the onus is on those developing the technology to reassure the population about the safety of these vehicles.’

 

To help over older drivers stay fit to drive, RIAS has launched www.drive-fit.co.uk #drivefit

 

¹ Drive Fit Report - Research conducted by ICM among a sample of 750 drivers aged 40+ between September 17th - October 6th 2014

UK Government fast tracks driverless cars 

3 22% from press release on Older Drivers 31.10.2014 - Drive Fit Report - Research conducted by ICM among a sample of 750 drivers aged 40+ between September 17th - October 6th 2014


 

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