This is not yet permitted on roads in the state.
A total of 15,047 motorists participated in the survey which was conducted online between 11 September and 8 October. Of this, 8576 (57%) were female and 6471 male.
While hands-free driving is expected to come in during the next few years, subject to legislation, some manufacturers are offering cars which have technology to enable keeping within lanes.
- More than half the respondents are no longer considering a traditional petrol combustion engine for their next car.
- A third are now considering hybrid power as an option while a quarter are considering the 100% battery electric vehicle option.
- A majority say they have very little or no knowledge of self- driving cars.
- More than half want lane-keeping assistance (also known as highway autopilot) in their next car.
- A majority want their next car to be connected to a data network to receive traffic and road condition warnings, vehicle security and automatic emergency assistance.
EastLink spokesperson Doug Spencer-Roy told iTWire that vehicles like the Lexus RX (seen in the photo above) were being used to test whether the onboard technology would deal with the lane markings and stay within the white lines.
He said this was done by means of cameras which could also read yellow markings. Another variable was the differential marking on left- and right-hand-drive roads.
Spencer-Roy said feedback was sent to manufacturers and other stakeholders in the trial so that improvements could be made on all fronts.
The survey was conducted by the ConnectEast Group which manages the EastLink freeway in Victoria. Others who are associated with the project are VicRoads, the Australian Road Research Board, La Trobe University and RACV.
Cars for the project's trials have been provided by Audi, BMW, Honda, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Tesla and Volvo.