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Motorists express doubts about autonomous ambulances

Servicing Stop's chief executive and founder, Oly Richmond

Research has revealed that while 32% would consider buying a self-driving car, 72% of motorists would not feel comfortable being driven to hospital in an autonomous ambulance. 

People's views on the prospects of autonomous quick response cars capable of dropping a paramedic and medical kit to the location, find a parking space, and return to pick up both the patient and paramedic were all part of a Servicing Stop survey of 1,222 motorists.

In built up or residential areas where parking spaces are thin on the ground, this could prove invaluable, but while 28% of motorists saw autonomous ambulances as a great idea saving time and possibly lives, the vast majority still expressed an aversion to the technology.

Servicing Stop’s chief executive and founder Oly Richmond (pictured) said: “Autonomous cars are presenting new capabilities and possibilities to the average driver every single day.

"Not only will the self-driving cars; once properly integrated, provide greater efficiency on our roads but it will offer a range of support for motorists and pedestrians alike.

"If autonomous cars can improve the effectiveness of our emergency care services then we should offer them a warm welcome. One thing’s for certain, the autonomous vehicle industry will throw up some fascinating possibilities for all of us.”

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