Nearly half of motorists surveyed by leasing firm Venson are in support of automated 'truck platooning'.
Trials were announced in last week's Budget by chancellor George Osborne, and involve fleets of commercial vehicles ‘digitally connecting’ so they follow one other at a set, close distance, using automated driving support systems. 43% of those surveyed were in support of the scheme.
Reported to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 10%, as well as making them safer and more efficient, trials are being funded government’s Intelligent Mobility Fund, which has £100 million to invest in a range of transport innovations; however, 30% of those surveyed think the funds could be better spent elsewhere, such as the NHS.
28% of motorists are excited about the future of driverless cars, saying that ‘progress is good’, but 30% of people Venson asked are concerned that the technology isn’t ready.
34% casted doubt on the likelihood of testing happening as soon as 2017, simply because the public themselves aren’t ready for driverless cars.
“Overall, our survey shows that people feel positive about the future of the UK’s transport infrastructure and driverless cars, with many seeing the safety and environmental advantages that this new technology brings,” said Simon Staton, director of client management, at Venson Automotive Solutions.
“Interestingly 18% welcomed how driverless cars could benefit mobility for the disabled. Naturally, people do have some concerns, which are mainly focused on the technology being ready, the hacking of technology and how data collected from driverless cars will be used by businesses and the government.”
Staton added: “The investment in new technology to improve transport and logistics infrastructures across the UK should be welcomed, as should the government’s commitment to ensuring Britain plays a leading role in driving change that will be recognised globally.”