89% of the UAE people are confident in the prospect of riding in an autonomous or self-driving vehicle where there is no human driver, the latest 3M State of Science Index survey reveals

The finding comes from the fifth 3M State of Science Index survey, which explores how people think and feel about science and its impact on the world around us

NinjaMan Staff Report

6/17/2022 2 min read

89% of the people in the UAE are confident in the prospect of riding in an autonomous or self-driving vehicle where there is no human driver, as revealed in the fifth edition of 3M’s 2022 State of Science Index (SOSI). The 3M survey further revealed global attitudes toward science and technology, in the UAE:

88% trust scientists
37% of people completely agree that they defend science when it is questioned (vs 23% global average)
76% agreed on the importance of science in their everyday life (vs. 52% global average)


The 3M research also found that today, science is more relevant to people in the UAE than a year ago, as three-quarters (76%) agree that it is essential to them in their everyday life versus 68% in 2021. In addition, 92% of people surveyed in the UAE want to hear more from scientists about their work – a clear opportunity for more scientists to communicate directly on news and social media platforms.

Science and its power to solve the climate crisis

Regarding the environment and sustainability, 92% in the UAE believe people should adopt a scientific approach to help make the world more sustainable (slightly higher than the global average of 88%). The study also showed that the immediacy of the climate crisis is becoming more apparent, with 79% of people in the UAE expressing their concerns about climate change as a critical environmental issue.

“It is promising to see the deep trust held in science and technology in the UAE. The nation’s leadership has successfully placed science, technology, and sustainability at the core of its transition to a knowledge-based economy with wide support from its citizens and residents. With a firm belief in the power of science and its commitment to global climate change, the United Arab Emirates is well placed to host next year’s COP28 UN Climate Change Conference,” said Laszlo Svinger, Vice-President and Managing Director MEA at 3M.

Innovation is the key to a smarter lifestyle

The UAE is a testbed for futuristic technologies and has built strong public confidence in its scientific initiatives, with 91% of the people believing that they will depend more on scientific knowledge in the future.

The 3M research found that in the UAE:

41% believe that self-driving cars will become a regular part of life within the next five years
89% are confident in the prospect of riding in an autonomous or self-driving vehicle where there is no human driver
83% think artificial technology (AI) is an exciting technology that impacts their daily lives versus 65% globally
22% believe space travel will become a regular part of life within the next five years
80% are likely to travel to space when it becomes accessible