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62% of fleet drivers would welcome autonomous company car, finds Venson

Results from the latest survey by Venson Automotive Solutions suggest drivers would welcome driverless cars as an option, with 62% of respondents saying they be happy to sit back and let their company car do the driving.

In fact, many participants said such technology would remove some of the stress from their working day whilst other cited benefits included convenience, freedom to work during journeys, better safety and shift of responsibility for accidents. Surprisingly, only 55% of respondents thought 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 10 years,” said Samantha Roff, managing director for Venson Automotive Solutions.

“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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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.