A new study reveals that consumers have more confidence in companies like Apple and Google than any of the world's leading vehicles manufacturers when it comes to autonomous car technology.

In January, Audi wowed attendees and the visiting press alike when its autonomous cars parked themselves with nothing more than a smartphone app at the International Consumer Electronics Show. BMW has logged more than 10,000 miles and counting on highways and byways testing its own self-driving cars and in July, Volvo invited the world's motoring press to Gothenburg to see for themselves the strides the company has taken in using sensors, GPS and other technologies to create cars that are essentially incapable of having accidents.

Yet, if the latest KPMG survey is to be believed, despite the massive strides all of these companies have taken towards making self-driving cars a reality, the average consumer would rather buy an autonomous vehicle from Apple than from any of the world's leading car makers.

Despite the fact that the computer, phone and tablet maker is yet to dip as much as a little toe in the waters of the self-driving car market, when respondents were asked to score (on a scale of one to ten) how much they would favor or trust an autonomous car from a list of companies, both Apple and Google scored a remarkable eight out of ten, compared with 7.5 for Mercedes Benz and five for Nissan and General Motors.

The study, which used a focus group of US drivers from California, Illinois and New Jersey, also found that West Coast drivers are the most in favor of owning an autonomous car. LA residents ranked their willingness to use a self-driving car on a daily basis as nine out of ten, whereas Chicago residents were rather less impressed, with an average score of four out of ten. New Jersey residents were a little more prepared with a six-out-of-ten median.