30 Oct '14, 4pm

Chinese Drivers Welcome Our New Robocar Overlords

Chinese Drivers Welcome Our New Robocar Overlords

A poll released today suggests that driverless cars appeal most in China and India and least in Japan, with English-speaking countries—the only comparison group—taking the middle ground. The Japanese position at the bottom and India’s near the top are strange. Could Japan’s reputation for robo-philism be unjustified? Was the survey —conducted online —unrepresentative of opinion in China and India? In their paper on the survey, authors Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak, of the University of Michigan, address the second question. They argue that “ though the respondents in these two countries may not be representative of the overall population, they are likely to be representative of those individuals who would comprise the initial market for autonomous and self-driving vehicles in these countries.” Here are some key numbers. Respondents who were “very interested” in havin...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/s...

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