Survey: People want connected cars, even if they’re also afraid of them

Before fully autonomous, self-driving cars hit showrooms in 2020, car-to-car connectivity – aka Car2Car and V2V – will likely become more prevalent.

Ahead of the onslaught of connected vehicles, University of Michigan polled a group of 1,600 Americans, Britons, and Australians about the prospects of V2V technology.

The poll found that 62 percent of respondents hold a positive opinion of connected vehicles. Americans specifically, however, hold a lower-than-average opinion of connected cars, with only 57-percent reporting a positive view of the technology, compared with 67 percent of Britons and 63 percent of Australians.

While overall sentiment is high, with vehicle safety and efficiency gains at the forefront of the positive sentiment, a smaller but significant subset of respondents expressed concerns with the security of the connected vehicles systems themselves.

“30 percent … are ‘very concerned’ about system and vehicle security breaches from hackers and about data privacy in tracking speed and location.”

Additionally, “a majority of those surveyed expressed concern about system failure and performance, especially during bad weather, and that drivers will rely too much on the technology or will be distracted by it,” the UM study reported.

Despite security misgivings, more than three-fourths of respondents believe in-vehicle Internet connectivity is important and roughly 80 percent say personal device integration with vehicles is at least somewhat important.

This is good news for automakers who are, as we speak, investing hugely in V2V technology, as well as autonomous driving tech.

We here at Digital Trends, along with poll participants, are very excited about the prospects of improved vehicle safety, increased efficiency, and decreased roadway vehicle congestion.