I’m following the evolution of the self-driving technologies with a lot of interest. Many automotive companies say that by 2020/2022 they will commercialize autonomous cars that will reach the level 4 or 5 of the SAE International Automated Driving standards.
Below the table that is commonly adopted by all the automotive industry.
Download the pdf here.
Wired points the level 3 human problem in a very clear way: humans are not capable to maintain their attention if they are not interested or required to. For simplifying, a crash in self-driving mode cannot be avoided thanks to the intervention of the driver that in the meanwhile could be reading a newspaper or watching a video. Humans are just too slow and in that case even too distracted for recognizing the risk and avoiding a crush.
A research conducted by Cox Automotive for two of the biggest car shopping and research websites in the US, Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, describes the purchasing intention of the Generation Z.
Generation Z is composed by young that are actually between 12 and 17 years old. For the automotive industry they are evaluated 3.2 trillion of dollars by 2020, so it’s really interesting to understand what they will look into their future cars.
The most important insights that I read are:
- 92% wants to own a car
- they don’t care a lot about style and design
- they remind some old-fashioned brands like Ford, Chevrolet and Honda for their solidity
- they care more about saving money (in the purchase and running costs) than in saving the environment
- they care more about safety than infotainment
- they’d like to have autonomous vehicles for increasing security, but they don’t trust in that technology at all
- they’ll buy a car in a car dealer, not online
Looking with attention the slide where the generations are described, I found some new interpretative keys of the Gen Z’s purchase intentions.