Self driving cars is the ‘hot’ target for every automobile company. However, there are some companies that intend to achieve it in the next five years.
Following is a brief account of several top listed competitors.
Tesla in this regard seems to be ahead of all, as the company’s CEO promises to get the fully self-driving car by 2018.
According to Elon Musk, software validation and some formal regulatory approvals are the pending tasks in enabling our Model S, Model X, and future Model 3 fully driverless.
Test drive is expected in 2017 from LA to New York.
He further clarifies that these vehicles have already been installed with required modern hardware technology.
Another giant is Uber that launched Ford Fusion cars – self-driving tech- as part of its Pittsburgh pilot in September.
Though the December trial of pilot programme in San Francisco was shut down because of legal implications, the company is still testing their cars in both Pittsburgh and Arizona. However, safety driver and an engineer accompany the drive, owing to various failures.
It is also reported that Uber achieved its driverless truck in August that completed a 120-mile route.
BMW also plans to run their 40 self-driving cars on public roads this year. According to Project iNext, a semi-autonomous car will be ready in 2021, while a fully-autonomous version will be released in 2025.
Similarly, it intends to release their cars in China in 2021.
The German automaker conducted the tests with the help of Intel and Mobileye. It has also acquired HERE, a mapping division of Nokia, to get an access to real time data.
BMW has already showed some features in its all-electric i3 concept. The vehicles are semi-autonomous with self-parking, and collision protection capabilities.
Toyota is pursuing self-driving cars, but is taking a more conservative approach than other companies.
Although Toyota so far is away from the concept of fully self-driving cars, it plans to install AI in cars to boost driver’s safety.
Resources tell that the company has already spent $1 billion on Artificial Intelligence, in Toyota Research Institute in 2015, to improve its speed to achieve autonomous car tech.
The company main focus is on Level 4 that will release fully self-driving cars in 10 years. This Chauffeur project is capable in only specific locations.
Nissan is introducing ProPILOT, a feature that allows cars drive autonomously on highways, in August in Japan. The company intends to add up driverless features to the system to make a fully autonomous vehicle possible by 2020.
Nissan is also seeking help of call centers to make contact with those who can observe, report or help in case any a self-driving car can’t handle a certain driving scenario.
Ford is also focusing on getting its fully autonomous car in four to five years. The company plans to launch its fleet of self-driving cars as part of a ride-sharing or by 2021.
These cars are not installed with a steering wheel, brake or gas pedal.
“What we have said is, we may not be the first, but when we do, it will be true to our brand, which means accessibility,” Ford CEO Mark Fields recently told Business Insider in March. “We want to make sure it’s available to everyone, and not just folks who can afford luxury cars.”
At the present time, Ford is undergoing tests of self-driving cars in Arizona, California, and Michigan. The company, in collaboration with Chinese company Baidu, invested $150 million in Velodyne to improve the radar system of the self-driving cars.
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