Victorian toll road provider EastLink has announced the first major survey of motorists’s attitudes toward autonomous vehicles, which will help to track forthcoming changes into the future.
The company is expecting thousands of responses to the new survey, which will measure perceptions and attitudes to driverless cars, with the study to be repeated yearly.
Partnering with the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), the survey complements recently-announced technical trials of self-driving vehicle technologies to improve the compatibility with driverless vehicles and Victoria’s freeway architecture.
Additionally, Eastlink expects autonomous driving will be made possible – to an extent – on its 40-kilometre road network and other suitable freeways within the next few years, provided legislation is changed accordingly.
The results of the survey will be provided to the public, while a more detailed run-down will be provided to road operators throughout Victoria along with vehicle manufacturer partners that currently providing vehicles to assist with EastLink technical trials.
You can access the survey at www.eastlink.om.au from now until October 8. Each respondent will also be entered into a $500 cash prize draw.