Only 3% of new passenger cars sold in the US in Q3 2018 offered semi-autonomous driving

Palo Alto, Shanghai, Singapore and Reading (UK) – Tuesday, December 03 2018

The road to self-driving cars is long and winding. According to the latest data from Canalys, despite industry hype, only 3% of new passenger cars sold in the US in Q3 2018 had semi-autonomous driving functionality.

Canalys estimates that take-up of the semi-autonomous driving feature (the combination of adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist to keep a vehicle at a safe distance from the one in front and in its lane) is still low. “This is for several reasons,” explains Chris Jones, Chief Analyst, Automotive at Canalys. “The feature has been available for a few years now, but as an expensive option in select versions of luxury vehicles, limiting consumer awareness and take-up. In addition, it only works under certain road, speed and weather conditions, and always needs the driver’s full attention. Many systems do not deliver a smooth drive. If the experience is poor, people are less likely to use it, or recommend it.”

But the outlook is more positive. “Canalys estimates that Tesla made up a third of the semi-autonomous passenger car market in the US in Q3 2018, thanks to the success of the Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot. Nissan was second due to its inclusion of ProPilot as an available feature in the new Altima, Leaf and RogueThis puts Tesla and Nissan ahead of BMW, Audi, Volvo and other automotive OEMs.

Automotive OEMs must offer advanced features in more passenger cars, including more affordable vehicles. The market is growing, albeit slowly. Uptake of passenger cars with the semi-autonomous driving feature will continue to increase steadily over the next two years. Canalys estimates the feature will be in 10% of new passenger cars sold in the US in 2021. Penetration will then ramp up as the cost of lidar and other key components falls, enabling more automotive OEMs to include the feature in more vehicles.

For more information, please contact:

Canalys EMEA: +44 118 984 0520
Chris Jones: +44 118 984 0536

Canalys APAC (Shanghai): +86 21 2225 2888
Nicole Peng: +86 21 2225 2815

Canalys APAC (Singapore): +65 6671 9399
Rushabh Doshi: +65 6671 9387

Canalys Americas: +1 650 681 4488
Marcy Ryan: +1 650 681 4487

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