New study says one in 10 cars sold will be driverless by 2035

Google has made a splash with its own driverless car program. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
The future is nigh, and it may come faster than we realized. According to a study, as many as 12 million driverless cars — that’s 10% of annual sales of new vehicles — could hit the world’s roads just twenty years from now.

In fact, 44% of US drivers that the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) surveyed said they would consider buying a fully automated car in the next 10 years. The main draw? Lower fuel and insurance costs, and increased safety.

Drivers also want to be able to take their multi-tasking habits into their cars, it turns out. Being able to hold a latte in one hand and a phone in the other without endangering anyone’s life is even worth some extra money. One in five said they would be willing to pay an additional $5,000 or more to have a car that does some or all the work for them.

Here are the BCG’s predictions for fully driverless and partially automated car sales.

“This will be as radical a change as the auto industry has seen in 100 years,” Thomas Dauner, head of BCG’s global automotive practice told Reuters.

Audi, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors are working on partially automated cars that they will roll out in 2015 and 2016. It will be a while before fully driverless cars are on sale, however — manufacturers expect them to debut in 2025.

Looks like millennials might be the first generation who won’t have to teach their kids how to drive.

texto original: QUARTZ

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