According to a recent study, drivers are already interested in autonomous elements of new cars like lane retaining aid and adaptive cruise control, and they must warm up to fully self-driving cars sometime between 2020 and 2025.
Car enthusiasts and analysts have been debating for years about autonomous vehicle. Some critics believe they are decades away from becoming a reality, and at least one study has shown that most drivers do not want to be anywhere near them (despite the fact that autonomous cars are better drivers).
However, self-driving cars are no longer a futuristic conception. Companies like Mercedes, BMW, and Tesla have already released, or are about to release, self-driving features that give the car some facility to drive itself.
Tech companies are also trying to pioneer the self-driving car. Google lately started testing its prototype of a driverless car on roads last summer season in California. Self-driving automobiles are not some cutting-edge auto technology; in reality there are already vehicles with self-driving features on the road. We define the self-driving car as any car with features that allow it to accelerate, brake, and steer a car’s course with minimal or no driver interaction.
Ride-hailing service Uber has canvassed car companies on placing a large order for self-driving cars, said a source in the automotive industry on Friday.
“They wanted autonomous vehicle,” the source, who asked not to be identified, said. “It looked like they were shopping around.”
Loss-making Uber would make drastic savings on its largest cost—drivers—if it was able to incorporate self-riding cars into its fleet.
Analysts at Exane BNP Paribas have stated they see a $25 billion market for computerized driving technological know-how by 2020, with car intelligence becoming “the important differentiating element”. But the brokerage does not now expect fully automatic automobiles to hit the street until 2025 or 2030, in part as a result of regulatory hurdles.
In August 2013, Mercedes-Benz reacted to the Google push by adding a S-class limousine that drove between the German towns of Mannheim and Pforzheim with no driver info. The 103 km stretch is known as the Bertha Benz course, named after the driver of the first ever car, around 130 years ago.