As various business entities ranging from traditional automaker to tech companies pursue the development and deployment of fully autonomous vehicles, consumers remain attached to their cars.
The majority (84%) of U.S. consumers see the car as essential to getting around, based on a new study.
The majority (66%) of American and European consumers also would not trust an autonomous vehicle, according to the study, comprising a survey of 10,000 adults in the U.S., U.K., China, Germany and France conducted by OC&C Strategy Consultants.
Even if their car could drive itself, 88% of U.S. consumers would still want their exclusive car rather than having access to a pool of robotaxis.
Most (65%) Americans see the car as an important part of growing up.
American millennials also are car focused, with 73% seeing the car as essential to getting around and 53% seeing it as a status symbol.
Electric and hybrid vehicle consideration was found to be low, with 19% seeing themselves as likely to consider one the next time they replace their vehicle.
Even in the home of Uber and Waymo, 70% would not trust autonomous vehicles, the highest in the survey.
For most consumers, self-driving cars are further down the road than those creating them might think.