Connected and autonomous vehicles - changing lives, transforming travel.

08 May 2017

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) could transform the lives of six out of 10 people in the UK, who have limited mobility.That's  according to new research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 

In conjunction with PwC’s Strategy& group, r2i conducted the first comprehensive UK-based study of the human impact of CAVs, canvassing the views of more than 3,600 respondents. The study found that this new technology will offer freedom to some of the UK’s most disadvantaged citizens, including those with disabilities, older people, as well as the young.

 

The survey suggests that CAVs have the potential to significantly reduce social exclusion, with six-in-ten (57%) of those surveyed saying this new technology would improve their quality of life. For young people, the impact could be even greater, with almost three quarters of those aged 17 to 24 (71%) believing their lives would be improved.

Consumers are increasingly seeing the benefits of CAVs, with more than half (56%) feeling positive about them. Young people were most excited, with almost half (49%) saying they would get into a CAV today if one were available.

The SMMT has already identified that CAVs could offer the UK a £51 billion economic opportunity, as well as the potential to prevent some 25,000 road accidents, potentially saving 2,500 lives. This new research points to the potential of CAVs to get more people into education and work, and provide opportunities to more freely access healthcare, amenities and leisure activities, thus generating a further economic boost.

The survey included over 3,600 respondents from rural and urban locations across the UK, with a minimum of 1,000 respondents in each of the three age demographics (under 25s, those aged 25 to 64, and over 65s). To read SMMT’s report, click here, or for more information on the study, contact Amanda O’Hara or Colin McIlheney from PwC's r2i team.

 

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