Driverless Car Update

So now the team at Oxford University is getting into the act, and they are setting their sites on finding a way to cheaply retrofit existing cars to boot.

Audi, Volkswagen, and others are also still at work on it of course. Google is projecting 3-5 years before general availability. It still looks like my prediction that some rich person will purchase one just to have it as a toy by the end of this year may be overoptimistic–although on the flip side, that may have already happened and no one knows it yet.

This is especially exciting news for the visually impaired, although currently car companies are being cautious in what they say they’ll offer; they’re starting small, by incorporating more and more features they’re calling “driver assistance.”

I remain pretty staunch in my position that by 2020 these cars are going to be generally available.

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  • Scott

    I’ll say this: a driverless car future is much closer, and much more feasible, than a pure-electric car future. For both we don’t have the infrastructure; but for driverless cars that’s much more cheaply achieved (more satellites or more computing power) than pure-electric (MANY more power plants) both in terms of dollars and in politics.

    Plus there’s the issue of technology. We basically have the tech to do driverless cars, it’s just a matter of basically software tweaks. We are far short in tech in making pure-electric affordable, dependable and wide-spread.

    Just my $0.03.