In a recent survey from Dronsfields, 1,000 people in Britain were asked to name their favourite car from a film or television series.
The number one spot went to the Aston Martin (10.7%) featured in the James Bond franchise. The Aston Martin DB5 featured in a number of Bond films from 1964’s Goldfinger, GoldenEye in 1995, to Skyfall in 2012.
The top five answers included Herbie from The Love Bug (9.2%), KITT from Knight Rider (8.5%), the Mini Cooper from The Italian Job (5.3%) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2.8%). The results are surprising as the usual favourites such as the Batmobile from Batman Begins and the Delorean from Back to the Future were beaten to the top spot.
When it comes to Britain’s favourite fantasy car, the public wants a vehicle that can drive itself. This is good news as the UK Government is currently making large investments into driverless car technology. The Government is investing £28bn in British roads in order to reduce congestion, and has recently announced that they plan to test driverless cars on UK roads by the end of the year.
Fully automated driving will dramatically reduce the amount of accidents on roads, and it will revolutionise personal travel for families, the disabled, and commuters.
But the inclusion of iconic British cars like the Aston Martin and Mini Cooper in the top five poses the question, when the time comes to move to driverless cars will the British public be able to let go of the steering wheel?