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Are People Ready to Entrust Their Safety to an Autonomous Ambulance as an Alternative and More Sustainable Transportation Mode?

Department of Transport Technology and Economics (KUKG) Budapest, Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering (KJK), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Stoczek u. 2, H-1111 Budapest, Hungary
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Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5595; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205595
Received: 16 September 2019 / Revised: 3 October 2019 / Accepted: 7 October 2019 / Published: 11 October 2019
Progress in advanced vehicular technologies and computer science leads to driverless vehicles becoming a reality. The standard ambulances might be replaced by driverless ambulances operated by an autopilot that provides passengers with a secure regime. Therefore, the study’s aim was to collate two different countries regarding the consumers’ preparedness to travel on such autonomous ambulances. To obtain a more demonstrative result, a questionnaire survey was conducted in two countries (Hungary and Kazakhstan). It also gathered ‘affect’ measures in order to figure out if ‘affect’ served as a medium between the ambulance mode and readiness to ride, and to understand whether emotions play any role during the decision making. The necessary data were collected through the so-called Autonomous Ambulance Acceptance Questionnaire. After conducting ‘t-Test’, ‘ANOVA’, and Mediation analysis, the findings have been discussed. The results help to realize the necessity of developing educational guides to prepare potential patients for Autonomous Vehicles technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: readiness to ride; driverless ambulance; ‘affect’; Autonomous Ambulance Acceptance Questionnaire; sustainable transportation mode readiness to ride; driverless ambulance; ‘affect’; Autonomous Ambulance Acceptance Questionnaire; sustainable transportation mode
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Zarkeshev, A.; Csiszár, C. Are People Ready to Entrust Their Safety to an Autonomous Ambulance as an Alternative and More Sustainable Transportation Mode? Sustainability 2019, 11, 5595.

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