Almost half want connected car tech over automaker or model

Many consumers think that safety features should be standard and smartphone connectivty ranks as a highly desireable feature. Aslo avout 48 percent pick as a priority car technology over over the automaker or style of the body according to the 2017 Autotrader Car Tech Impact Study. In fact, the study found that technology is becoming a deciding factor in selecting vehicles.

Even though there is compelling appeal for advanced driver-assist and technology features, the study found that convenience and entertainment features such as voice commands and Wi-Fi are still more desired. Connectivity systems such as General Motors’ OnStar, Ford’s Sync and Toyota’s EnTune; advanced, adaptive navigation systems and technology that provides wireless device charging are all high on consumer’s want list. Regardless of age or comfort with technology, 53¬†percent of consumers expect vehicle technology to be every bit as robust as smartphone technology.

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Millennial drivers (18- to 34-year-olds) are willing to pay more for the technology they want. In fact, 55 percent of millennial drivers expect to spend an additional $2,600 to get desired tech features. Younger car buyers, 18- to 34-year-olds are also generally more tech savvy and are less willing to compromise on the features they want.

Parents are twice as likely to purchase advanced safety features than non-parents (51 percent vs. 22 percent) and three times more likely to own a vehicle with autonomous features.

Compared to 2016, consumers are growing more comfortable with the idea of giving up control to a self-driving vehicle. In fact, 49 percent of respondents indicated they’d give up control in exchange for some free time not driving or watching the road (up from 35 percent in 2016); 17 percent of respondents said they would use the time to catch up on work while 16 percent said they would play games, both up significantly from last year.

Consumers are also becoming more comfortable with how a self-driving vehicle would react in unexpected situations, such as encountering a deer in the road (42 percent of respondents are not concerned); interacting with non-self-driving vehicles (57 percent) and interacting with pedestrians or bicycles (56 percent), all up from 2016.

The study also shows that 56 percent of car shoppers have done their research and know exactly what in-vehicle technology they are interested in before they visit a dealership.

Consumers say they are becoming increasingly comfortable with advanced safety technology. Seventy percent of respondents noted they would consider paying more for driver-assist technology such as blind-spot monitoring or adaptive cruise control in their next vehicle purchase.

Hower, 65 percent still have concerns over system failures with self-driving cars, roughly the same number as in 2016. In general, nearly two-thirds of respondents believe new technology has improved the way they drive.

The study also indicated experience with advanced, self-driving technologies will likely lead to quicker adoption of these features:  three out of four drivers who own a vehicle with these advanced technologies (adaptive cruise, collision warning, etc.) say it helps make them a better driver and feel safer.

The annual tech study was released showed a growing number of consumers believe certain safety technologies,

The study was conducted by KS&R Inc. in partnership with Research Now on behalf of Autotrader.