GLG Network Survey: Autonomous Driving

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GLG interviewed 70 senior executives working at automotive companies across the US and Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain).

What will you learn from this survey?

  • Respondents commented on existing autonomous vehicle technology and the future of technology in the space.
  • The research also looked into the attitudes of policymakers and the general public towards autonomous vehicles.
  • Lastly, the survey captured the respondents’ views on expected regulation of the space going forward.

Examples of findings:

  • The majority of respondents (76%) expect that by 2030 there will be a government mandate on sensor systems such as LIDAR.
  • Respondents were asked to estimate the timeframe for policy makers to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework, with more than half (57%) expecting this will be within 10 years.
  • 77% of our experts view shared mobility and mobility services to become a future ownership model for passenger vehicles, suggesting that private car ownership levels will reduce.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Loren Smith, former Senior Advisor at the US Department of Transportation.

The standard deliverable includes: 

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • How would you characterize the attitudes of policymakers towards autonomous vehicles?
  • Within the autonomous vehicles space, should policymakers have a greater focus on trucking and freight transport, or passenger vehicles?
  • What is your view on a relaxation of Hours of Service limits being made for human drivers operating trucks with autonomous capacity?
  • Thinking about U.S. policy in particular, how should the responsibility be balanced between the federal government and the states to license and regulate autonomous vehicles?
  • Regarding liability for damage and injuries, who should be most responsible in the event of a crash involving any type of autonomous vehicle, if the vehicle is judged to be at fault?
  • In your view, how likely is it that the government will mandate lane-keeper assist systems on new cars and trucks before 2030?
  • In your view, what is the time you expect to elapse before policymakers establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles?

This survey is available to subscribers of the Energy and Industrials (EI) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

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