Driverless cars prove favourable in developing countries

Weekend Variety Wireless 07/04/2018
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Research finds that countries with notoriously congested and dangerous traffic are the ones with the greatest hope from driverless cars. 

Jonathan Dodd from Ipsos joined Ryan Bradley to discuss the week's latest research, including favourability of driverless cars and the overconfidence effect.

Ipsos research looked at 28 countries and found that 69 percent of people around the world think driverless cars will make driving easier, with 64 percent predicting that driverless cars would be more relaxing.

Those in developing economies are more likely to want a driverless car, with Malaysia and Peru topping the list of countries in favour of them.

But ironically, the countries with the best infrastructure for driverless cars were the least interested in them.  

“The difficulty is that driverless cars require good infrastructure so they can see where the road starts, where the road finishes,” he pointed out. 

Mr Dodd later discussed the overconfidence effect, where a person's subjective confidence in his or her judgements is greater than the objective accuracy of those judgements. 

Overconfidence can be good when it allows us to proceed with risky decisions from which progress is necessary, and often is necessary for people to stretch themselves and succeed.  

Listen to the full audio with Jonathan Dodd above.

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