Mobility Futures

In the not-so-distant future, transportation of people and goods will increasingly be served by electric vehicles. As lineups expand exponentially, concerns about charging, range and infrastructure will multiply. By 2035, nearly half of adults believe riding in an autonomous vehicle will be safer than riding in a vehicle driven by a human; parents prefer their children to ride in an autonomous vehicle over riding with strangers. Long-term, 42% of adults believe traffic jams are more likely to occur in the skies than on the ground.

Mobility Futures illustrated animation

Charging stations

If electric vehicle charging stations become as common as gas/petrol stations, which of the following issues would still concern you?


By 2035, I think I’ll feel safer in a self-driving vehicle than a human-driven vehicle.

percent who agree
Men Sign

Women Sign

Out of gas?

When do you think gas/petrol stations will be outnumbered by electric vehicle charging stations?


I’d rather my child ride in a self-driving vehicle than ride with a stranger.


The results for Ford Trends 2022 are based on 14,006 online interviews across 15 countries, conducted under the direction of The Harris Poll. The survey was conducted among the general population, ages 18 years and older in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. Respondents from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates were required to be nationals of their respective countries; data from these two countries were combined and analyzed in aggregate. All fieldwork took place between October 27 and November 12, 2020. While the data within countries were weighted to be representative, the overall sample of 14,006 was not weighted across countries. That is, we do not claim that aggregated data is representative based on country population sizes across the participating countries.

Region Country Sample Size
Australia 1,001
Brazil 1,000
Canada 1,000
China 1,000
France 1,000
Germany 1,001
India 1,000
Italy 1,000
Mexico 1,000
Spain 1,000
Middle East Saudi Arabia 501
South Africa 1001
Middle East UAE 502
U.K. 1,000
USA 1,000
Total 14,006

We have defined generational cohorts as follows: Gen-Z (18-23), Millennials (24-39), Gen-X (40-55), Boomers (56-74).