Are We Ready to Ride Autonomous Vehicles? A Pilot Study on Austrian Consumers’ Perspective

Sophie Wintersberger, Muhammad Azmat, Sebastian Kummer

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Automotive manufacturers are competing to be the first to introduce customer-ready autonomous vehicles. Some manufacturers are claiming to launch their first self-driving cars as early as 2020. Which all sounds very good and futuristic; however, the question arises, are customers even ready to adopt this new technological advancement? Therefore, this pilot study is aimed at finding out the answer to this question in the Austrian market. This study discovers the standpoint of Austrian consumers concerning the acceptance of self-driving cars for daily usage and gives an overview of the current point of view regarding autonomous vehicles (AVs). The data for this study was collected using an online, user-friendly, Likert scale survey. The collected data were processed and analyzed for empirical significance in SPSS using Spearman’s rank correlation and the Mann–Whitney U test supported by descriptive analysis. The results of the study indicate that Austrian consumers are well aware of autonomous vehicles and their technology. However, they have specific concerns about reliability, cybersecurity, and futuristic car-sharing models. Therefore, these concerns about AVs should be addressed by auto manufactures in order to gain consumers’ trust and sell them a new form of mobility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 201307 Transport economics
  • 502014 Innovation research
  • 502017 Logistics


  • Austrian consumer
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Concern index
  • Consumers standpoint
  • Consumers' perspective
  • Self-driving cars

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