According to a new OnePoll survey conducted by webuyanycar.com, the rise of fully autonomous personal vehicles has the potential to substantially boost productivity among the UK workforce as 27% of respondents say they would work and read emails whilst commuting in a fully autonomous car.

The survey incorporated responses from 2,000 UK motorists who currently drive to and from their place of work.

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The survey also revealed a clear difference in how people of different ages would use this extra time, with Millennials being the most likely to work. To put that assertion into real figures, 15% of respondents aged 18-24 and 17% of those aged 25-34 would work and read emails during a commute in a fully autonomous car. In comparison, the same is true for just 11% of 45-54 year olds.

Breaking the results down by region also provides some interesting insights, with respondents in London (17%) and the West Midlands (15%) emerging as the most likely to work during a commute in a fully autonomous car.

Richard Evans, Head of Technical Services at webuyanycar.com, said of the survey’s results, “We were keen to find out how motorists would utilise the free time afforded to them by commuting in a fully autonomous car. The findings of our survey suggests that workers in the UK would use this time to make a dent on their inbox before arriving at the office, or continuing to work on the journey home rather than working after hours. Driverless cars may not just have a positive impact on rush hour traffic, but also employee productivity.

“Our survey shows that maintaining a centred headspace is important to today’s commuters. A recent study by VitalityHealth, the University of Cambridge, RAND Europe and Mercer has proven that long commutes are bad for people’s health. It’s exciting to think of the positive impact that commuting in driverless cars could have on our wellbeing, not just in the UK, but globally.”


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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