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These are the countries that trust self-driving cars the most

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Are self-driving cars the future of the automobile industry? Image: REUTERS/Mike Blake

Katharina Buchholz
Data Journalist, Statista
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This article is part of: Pioneers of Change Summit
  • Chinese people trust autonomous vehicles the most, according to new findings by consultancy firm Deloitte.
  • The report compared trust levels in six countries.
  • Overall, people across the globe trust the safety of autonomous vehicles more than they did three years ago.
  • But people aren't quick to accept the technology, especially in the U.S. and Europe, where there have been fatal accidents in trialing the technology.

Chinese company Baidu is testing a driverless taxi service in two Beijing districts at the moment and it looks like China is in fact the right country to find people willing to take a ride sans the driver. The fact that the rides are free might be another incentive for Beijingers to give autonomous chauffeurs a go.

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According to several reports by Deloitte, Chinese people trust autonomous vehicles the most - by a large margin - out of six countries surveyed. Concerns about the technology did, however, rise again in the country in 2020, as they did in India.

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More and more people are warming to self-driving cars. Image: Statista

Overall, people across the globe trust the safety of autonomous vehicles more than they did three years ago, even though progress has been a lot slower recently. While the technology could steadily win supporters in South Korea and Japan, acceptance fluctuated in the U.S. and Europe, likely due to reports about deadly accidents involving autonomous vehicles by Tesla and Uber.

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