June 2016

The public doesn't want autonomous driving that badly!

And here we go, at this time of the year where Ramadan comes ten days earlier. This year the festive occasion comes on the 6th of June and runs until the 5th of July. We definitely have some safety tips in collaboration with RoadSafety UAE to be followed during the holy month.

What about the latest trend, autonomous driving? There was a study conducted with the public regarding autonomous driving. Even though car manufacturers go out of their way to implement this high-tech gimmick, they seem to overlook one important matter: people don't want it that badly.

That study, which was titled "Motorists' Preferences for Different Levels of Vehicle Automation", conducted by the University of Michigan Sustainable Worldwide Transportation and published in May 2016, shows that more than four out of five people prefer not to ride in fully autonomous cars. The survey, developed to examine motorists' preferences among levels of vehicle automation, including preferences for interacting with and overall concern about riding in self driving vehicles, produced complete responses from 618 licensed drivers from the U.S. The results showed that "the most frequent preference for vehicle automation continues to be for no self-driving capability, followed by partially self-driving vehicles, with completely self-driving vehicles being the least preferred choice."

Moreover, anxiety for riding in self-driving automobiles remains higher for fully autonomous alternatives, with respondents wanting to control their vehicles when desired. The report determined that although there's been an increase of media coverage of self-driving vehicles, the public opinion has persisted steadily over the course of two years.

Automakers have been speaking more and more about applying self-driving technology on the road by 2020, with experts proposing that this will significantly reduce the threat of deadly traffic accidents. Conversely, judging by the outcome of the survey, the motoring public has its work cut out for the time being.

What do we have in our June issue?
Khaled drove the Range Rover Evoque convertible back in Courchevel, France. I know it sounds awkward (and that's why we do love awkward machines here at ArabWheels), and the RRE convertible made it on our cover story!

In our Global Drives section David laid his hands on the 2017 Nissan GT-R; the Godzilla is back! In our Regional Drives section, Hisham drove (in Abu Dhabi) the all-new flagship sedan from Cadillac: the CT6.

Moving to our Editors' Choice section, Ershad drove the Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2 in Muscat, Oman. He also drove both the Toyota Prius and the Land Rover LR4. I had my part too, back in Beirut. I drove both a 2016 Jaguar XF and a 2016 Jeep Renegade.

It's been quite a long time since we did a head-to-head feature. It was the right time now and so we brought you two magnificent SUVs from Porsche: the Cayenne GTS and the Macan GTS. Check out our feature to see who won the battle between the siblings.

As well, we had a nice talk with Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti's head of design, to tell us about the whole design department of this young brand.

I leave you here; I hope you enjoy our well-packed issue! Our team is always at your disposal online from our website: www.arabwheels.net, our web tv: www.arabwheels.tv and our presence on social media: Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

I wish you all "Ramadan Kareem"!

- Issam Eid, Editor-in- Chief

Cover Story: Range Rover Evoque Convertible



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