Autonomous cars to benefit disabled, older and younger people

Autonomous cars to benefit disabled, older and younger people

Research finds autonomous cars will change some people’s lives…

We’ve often thought about autonomous cars as giving us the ability to be able to relax, rather than drive, but the possible benefits of the technology could run much deeper.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in the UK has just released a report that’s found connected autonomous vehicles (CAV) will transform the lives of six out of every 10 people.

And it will be those of us who have a disability that stand to benefit most.

More than 3,600 respondents gave their opinions on CAVs and of those who identified as having a disability, almost half (49%) said a CAV would allow them to pursue hobbies outside of home or go out to restaurants more often.

39% of those respondents said they would benefit from having better access to healthcare, while there was also belief that the high-tech cars could help alleviate social exclusion and help them find employment.

Older people are also set to benefit, 47% of survey respondents said a CAV would make it easier for them to fulfil basic day-to-day tasks such as grocery shopping.

And young people also stand to benefit from self-driving cars.

The SMMT research finding 71% of 17 to 24-year old’s believe their lives would be improved if they had access to a car that was able to take them where they wanted to go.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, says the results show the benefits of CAVs run deep.

“The benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles are life-changing, offering more people greater independence, freedom to socialise, work and earn more, and access services more easily.

“While fully autonomous cars will be a step change for society, this report shows people are already seeing their benefits.”

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