One in four business drivers are concerned that they’ll be replaced by autonomous vehicles in their working lifetime, according to new research from telematics provider Masternaut.
More than half (55%) of business drivers aged 25-34 said they were concerned that they will be replaced by driverless cars in their working lifetime.
Drivers aged 35 and over are less concerned, with only 34% of 35-44 year olds and 12% of 45-54 year olds worried that autonomous vehicles will replace them.
Driverless cars are currently being trialled on UK roads in Greenwich, Milton Keynes and Coventry, as ministers consider changes to the Highway Code to allow driverless cars to be used by the general public; although there is still uncertainty over regulatory and legislative implications.
Business drivers believe that the biggest barrier for entry for driverless cars rolling out on to UK roads is integration with regular vehicles (41%), followed by updating road infrastructure (37%) and insurance and liability issues (34%).
Meanwhile, 33% are apprehensive about viruses and computer glitches affecting the car’s performance and 30% said changes to driving regulations would present a stumbling block to autonomous vehicles.
If they had to work with autonomous vehicles in the future, 15% of professional drivers said that they wouldn’t like it and change jobs, while almost a quarter (23%) said that wouldn’t like it but stay in their job.
Almost one in ten (9%) business drivers said that they would prefer working with autonomous vehicles.
Masternaut surveyed 2,000 UK employees who drive as part of their job, to find out their attitudes towards driverless cars and the effect this will have on their job in the future.
Steve Towe, chief commercial officer and UK managing director of Masternaut, said: “Driverless car technology is a very exciting development for the automotive industry and represents a major step change for UK roads, one of the biggest changes in history.
"Previously a science fiction dream, driverless cars are now very real and are being tested on our roads, and we’re intrigued to see what the future holds for the technology.”