A survey has found that one in three people would take a nap if they were behind the wheel of a driverless car.

While more than half of new cars already contain some form of autonomous technology, being able to sit and relax while the car drives itself is still a little while off.

Despite this, many are thinking of the possibilities that the technology would open up.

Many of those questioned in the survey, conducted by Whatcar, said that the technology would be the most appealing while on Britain’s motorways, while 49 per cent of people asked would happily let the car take the reigns during a traffic jam.

Jim Holder, editorial director for WhatCar, said: It’s clear that autonomous cars have a way to go before the concept is truly adopted by the motoring public.

“Half of the drivers we talked to would feel happiest allowing their car to take over in a traffic jam when the risk is minimal, while hardly any of them would feel safe letting their car guide them along urban and country roads.

“The increased availability of technologies like blind spot monitoring, automated emergency braking and radar-governed cruise control is slowly turning people around to the idea of self-driving cars but, even so, only just more than one in 10 believes we will see entirely autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020.”

One of the biggest concerns that those surveyed had was whether or not an autonomous car would be able to detect and avoid a crash, while just as many people worried that the systems would take away the enjoyment of driving.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

April 25, 2016