One in four drivers (26%) would be happy to sleep while being driven by a car with autonomous technology, according to new research from our sibling brand What Car?.
Talking to fellow passengers, browsing the internet and watching TV were also high up the list of chosen activities while in a self-driving car.
However, the study also showed continuing reservations about autonomous cars with 51% of drivers saying they would feel "unsafe or very unsafe" behind the wheel of a self-driving car.
The survey is bolstered by another study conducted by IAM Roadsmart (formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists), which revealed that 65% of motorists want to keep the right to drive, even when autonomous cars are the norm.
Of those surveyed, 34% think driverless cars are a "bad idea", and only 20% welcomed them.
More than half (52%) of the IAM sample expressed the view that autonomous cars would never be the norm on UK roads. A driving-focused theme emerged in its results, as 87% believed that driving should not be outlawed once autonomous cars became the norm. Meanwhile, 30% of What Car?’s respondents were concerned about losing the enjoyment of driving.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently claimed that Tesla owners were more receptive to autonomous technology. Musk also hinted at the development of an autonomous public transport system.
More than half of new cars sold already have autonomous safety technology on-board and several manufacturers, including Ford and BMW, are working on driverless vehicles. Earlier this year Nissan and Renault also stated their aim to get at least 10 fully autonomous cars on the road by 2020.