Driverless cars: the future fleet?

John O'Hanlon
- Leadership - Mar 12, 2015

Following news that the government has the green-light for trials of driverless cars in the UK, a survey carried out by fleet management specialist Venson Automotive Solutions says that fleet managers could benefit from considering the future of their fleet. Results from the survey suggest that drivers would welcome these cars as an option too. 62 percent of respondents said they be happy to sit back and let their company car do the driving, with many saying it would remove some of the stress from their working day.

The benefits of the technology range from the possibility that it would reduce road accidents, to improving emissions compliance and easing congestion. The UK has begun with trials in Bristol, Greenwich, Coventry and Milton Keynes, which will look at different aspects of driverless cars, from insurance implications, to public perception.

According to the latest survey, respondents see convenience, freedom to work during journeys, better safety and shift of responsibility for accidents, as the main benefits of driverless cars for work. Surprisingly though, only 55 percent of the respondents think driverless cars will actually reduce road traffic accidents.

“Far from the preserve of science fiction, driverless technology is here, and the industry is expected to grow considerably over the next ten years,” explains Samantha Roff, Managing Director of Venson Automotive Services. “Our survey shows that company car drivers would be open to the idea of a driverless car. However, it’s interesting to note that our respondents don’t think driverless technology will reduce road traffic accidents significantly. With trials set to go ahead in the UK, vehicles driven by computers could soon be a reality and many people are keen to embrace this technology and its benefits.”

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