More than half of new cars sold last year featured autonomous safety technology, with 1.5 million buyers opting for collision warning systems.
As autonomous cars increasingly become a reality, the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) demonstrate that consumers are starting to embrace semi-autonomous systems.
In the case of collision warning systems, total uptake was 58% of car sales last year, and while 31% of these were fitted as standard, more than a quarter of buyers – 27% - chose to have the system fitted as an option. By contrast, five years ago, collision warning featured on only 7% of cars registered.
Other popular tech includes autonomous emergency braking (fitted in 39% of cars), blind spot monitoring (32%) and adaptive cruise control (32%).
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “Fully driverless cars are still a long way off from everyday use, but this data shows advanced autonomous technology is already making its way into the majority of new cars.