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Special Report Australian Market Report Q3 Future Autonomous Vehicle Driver Study The levels of Autonomous Vehicles T here are six levels of vehicle autonomy identified by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), from Level 0 (human-only control) to Level 5 (no human driver). For tentative buyers, first-hand experience like test drives, short-term leasing or daily rentals will be crucial when making future purchasing decisions. “The industry is talking a lot about self-driving vehicles these days, with multiple automakers and ride share companies throwing their hats in the competition to build and release the first fully autonomous vehicle to consumers,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Much is still unknown about fully autonomous vehicles, including how they would react in emergency situations, but the lower-level options are gaining steam, with many Americans interested in purchasing vehicles with Level 2 semi-autonomous features.” “Available today in certain vehicles, these Level 2 features are automated, but the driver must be ready to take control of the vehicle. For these consumers, the biggest purchase barrier is market supply.” “For tentative buyers, first-hand experience like test drives, short-term leasing or daily rentals will be crucial when making future purchasing decisions.” Autonomous Vehicles “Tipping Point” The Levels of Autonomous Vehicles Transition from human drivers to vehicle driving Our World Today HUMAN ONLY The driver (human) controls everything: steering, brakes, throttle, power Near to Distant Future MODERN VEHICLE Most functions are still controlled by a driver, but some (like braking) can be done automatically by the car MODERN PLUS At least 2 functions are automated (like cruise control & lane-centering), but the driver must be ready to take control of the vehicle “Automakers will need to address For half of the survey respondents, http://www.techrepublic.com/article/autonomous-driving-levels-0-to-5-understanding-the-differences/ hesitant drivers in order to be the perception of safety and successful.” personal comfort with autonomous technology diminished as the level According to the survey, awareness of autonomy increased. When of the higher levels of vehicle survey respondents were asked to autonomy is limited, with six out make a choice between the different of 10 respondents admitting that levels, Level 4 autonomy hits the they know little or nothing about “sweet spot” by providing all the autonomous vehicles. benefits of full vehicle autonomy without stripping away the option of driver control. PARTIAL AUTONOMY Drivers are still necessary, but are not required to monitor the situation as with previous levels FULL AUTONOMY (+ HUMAN) FULL AUTONOMY (NO HUMAN) Vehicles perform all safetycritical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip, with option for human driving No option for human driving no steering wheel or controls This isn’t surprising, considering 80 per cent of respondents believe that people should always have the option to drive themselves, and 64 per cent prefer to be in control of their vehicles. In fact, most consumers (62 per cent) do not think they will live to see a world where all vehicles are fully autonomous. However, not all Americans are hesitant about the technological future of their automobiles. Respondents in the tech-savvy pre-driving Gen Z (12-15 years old) age range are ready to get on board with autonomy and consider themselves the most educated about autonomous vehicles. > 16 4