Cybersecurity, reliability, and shared cars are the top public concerns regarding Autonomous Vehicles in Austria.

Vienna University of Economics and Business researchers conducted a large-scale online survey.


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Researchers found that overall respondents had significant concerns about AV technology. Specifically, legal concerns (mean = 4.08) were the top concern. Cybersecurity concerns (mean = 3.82) and unspecified "safety" concerns (mean = 3.84) also ranked high. Cost concerns (mean = 3.68) were the lowest concern. Additionally, users were significantly less likely to say they would feel safe in an AV (mean = 2.64) compared to being in a conventional car (mean = 3.81).

Beyond safety, security, cost etc. concerns researchers also asked users how comfortable they would be sharing their hypothetical AV in a 'shared autonomous vehicle' scheme. Nearly half of respondents (n = 86) stated they would never share their car. In terms of those who responded indicated that they would share their car, 44 percent of respondents stated they would be motivated by environmental concerns, one quarter would be motivated by theoretical rental income, and a fifth of respondents would be potentially motivated by tax breaks.

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Are We Ready to Ride Autonomous Vehicles? A Pilot Study on Austrian Consumers’ Perspective

Author: Wintersberger, Sophie; Muhammad Azmat; and Sebastian Kummer

Published By: Institute of Transportation and Logistics Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Source Date: 09/20/2019

Other Reference Number: Logistics 3, no. 4 (2019): 1–20.

URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics3040020

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Lesson ID: 2019-00908