The social perception of fully autonomous driving and its possible sustainability-related implications
Results of a representative survey in Germany
Keywords:autonomous driving, sustainability, public perception
This article discusses the sustainability of autonomous driving. The empirical analyses presented in this article are based on data of the first TechnikRadar, a survey on the perception of technology with representative for the German population. While most of the literature on autonomous driving focuses on expert views on this issue, this paper adds the perspective of the general public. Although autonomous driving as a socio-technical system is far from being fully developed, making it impossible to assess the ecological effects of its applications, the TechnikRadar allows studying the perceived social sustainability of autonomous driving. At the moment, public perception of autonomous driving is dominated by fears regarding safety, the protection of data produced by the system, and the system’s vulnerability, in particular to attacks by cyber criminals.
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