Bloomington, IL,
22
October
2018
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02:00 PM
America/Chicago

According to a 2018 Survey by SADD® and State Farm®

Teens' Thoughts Regarding the Future of Vehicle Technology

The world is preparing for a future with increasingly automated cars. What do young people think about the future of mobility? Are they optimistic about potential safety benefits?

For National Teen Driver Safety Week 2018, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and State Farm collaborated on a survey aimed at learning what young people have to say about the advances in vehicle technology happening all around them. The survey asked the youth about existing advanced vehicle technology as well as fully autonomous vehicles.

 

Key Learnings

  1. Teens appear to have an overall skepticism about fully autonomous vehicles.
    • When asked to rate their interest in driving cars that are fully autonomous, 55.6 percent rated this only a one (out of a possible five).
    • When asked whether they would feel safe riding in a car that is fully autonomous, 56.3 percent rated this just a one out of five. 
    • When asked about the future likelihood they will own or drive a car that is fully autonomous, 61.4 percent rated this a one out of five.
  2. Nearly 20 percent (18.8 percent) believe their generation will be less likely to own a car than people are today.
  3. The survey indicated there might be a need for more education about vehicle technologies. Those with greater understanding showed higher overall acceptance of new technology.

 

Survey Details

The teens were asked to rate different types of vehicle automation based on the following questions:

  • How would you rate your understanding of this technology?
  • How interested are you in driving cars with this technology?
  • How safe do you (or would you) feel in a car with this technology?
  • Now or in the future, how likely is it that you will own or drive a car with this technology?

 

In their own words...

For those who felt their generation would be less likely to own or drive a car with these technologies, we asked them to explain their reasons. Here is a sampling of their verbatim responses.

More likely (38.7%)

  • Drivers will not want to relinquish control of their vehicle. I believe they will be receptive to assistance, but not a total loss of control.
  • Regardless of price or mass transportation, everyone feels safer when somewhat in control of where they are driven.

As likely (42.4%)

  • I think it would be the same. I know teens will want their own car and adults with professional jobs would not want to use these transportations. I personally would like my own car rather than use the transportations listed above.
  • There are multiple advances in technology, especially transportation, which will eliminate the need for a car. I will greatly look into my personal need for a car with or without features. Future generations will not have the experience of a car that is not fully automatic so eventually the majority will have fully automatic cars.

Less likely (18.8%)

  • I honestly just don't feel safe driving cars with no steering wheel, I understand that these cars are tested, but there is always chance for error.
  • More companies such as Uber are taking over and are probably going to be more accepted as the normal thing to do.
  • The cars of today will be a thing of the past, like a landline telephone.
  • Cars with these modifications will be more expensive and public transportation would be most efficient.

 

The ratings...

Here are their ratings for each type of vehicle automation (one being least, five being greatest):

Fully automated vehicle with no steering wheel or brake pedal

 

How would you rate your understanding of this technology?

How interested are you in driving cars with this technology?

How safe do you (or would you) feel in a car with this technology?

Now or in the future, how likely is it that you will own or drive a car with this technology?

Average rating

2.933

1.886

1.791

1.785

Average rating when they indicated their understanding level is a 4 or 5 (37.6% of total )

N/A

1.968

2.007

1.906

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

How would you rate your understanding of this technology?

How interested are you in driving cars with this technology?

How safe do you(or would you) feel in a car with this technology?

Now or in the future, how likely is it that you will own or drive a car with this technology?

Average rating

3.198

3.612

3.161

3.137

Average rating when they indicated their understanding level is a 4 or 5 (41% of total)

N/A

3.798

3.495

3.441

Lane Keep Assistance

 

How would you rate your understanding of this technology?

How interested are you in driving cars with this technology?

How safe do you (or would you) feel in a car with this technology?

Now or in the future, how likely is it that you will own or drive a car with this technology?

Average rating

3.52

3.990

3.641

3.401

Average rating when they indicated their understanding level is a 4 or 5 (56% of total)

N/A

4.190

4.018

3.756

Automatic Emergency Braking

 

How would you rate your understanding of this technology?

How interested are you in driving cars with this technology?

How safe do you (or would you) feel in a car with this technology?

Now or in the future, how likely is it that you will own or drive a car with this technology?

Average rating

3.755

4.133

3.645

3.473

Average rating when they indicated their understanding level is a 4 or (64.4% of total)

N/A

4.34

3.994

3.787

 

 

Methodology

SADD conducted an online poll during September and October 2018. Using their online membership portal, they asked students to answer questions about their thoughts and attitudes regarding automated vehicle technology. 764 high school students responded, representing SADD chapters across the country. The average age of respondent was 16.39 years.

 

About SADD:

For almost 40 years, SADD, the nation’s premier youth health & safety organization has worked to empower teens, engage parents, mobilize communities, and change lives around the issues of traffic safety, substance abuse, and personal health and safety. Through a national network of peer-led chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges, SADD equips our students with the resources they need to advocate for change on their campuses and in their communities. Join the movement by visiting www.sadd.org, and follow us on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

About State Farm®:

The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its nearly 19,000 agents and approximately 65,000 employees serve approximately 83 million policies and accounts – approximately 81 million auto, fire, life, health and commercial policies and approximately 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business ownersboats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 36 on the 2018 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.