Connected and Automated Driving: Expectations and Concerns of  European Citizens

This paper analyses European citizens’ views on connected and automated vehicles and sheds light on how comfortable they would feel with them as part of their daily lives. The results presented are based on the 2019 Eurobarometer on “Expectations and concerns of connected and automated driving” where 27,565 European citizens were interviewed. The aim of the survey was to measure public awareness and attitudes towards connected and automated driving considering citizens’ role in defining the European strategy to improve road transport in terms of safety and efficiency. The paper, moreover, focuses on attitudes, concerns and expectations of specific user groups, in particular mobility impaired citizens and those pursuing more sustainable mobility options. The paper shows that European citizens are not yet ready to transition to these vehicles, with the majority of respondents not feeling comfortable with their presence on the roads, and a minority being willing to purchase them. In spite of the potential accessibility increase linked to automated vehicles, mobility impaired citizens seem to have a more negative attitude, while citizens striving to achieve a more environmentally friendly mobility are more positive towards these vehicles. These results clearly show the need to build trust among citizens with regard to automated vehicles. A network of Living Labs, co-creation ecosystems where people can play an active role in designing and testing new mobility concepts, can be a useful tool to build trust towards new technologies applied to the transportation system.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 14p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01763935
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-01064
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:15AM