Firstly, we would like to wish everyone a happy new year!
The past year was a great year for autonomous vehicles, during which many car manufactures launched their research plan on autonomous vehicles. As such, it is likely that nearly all cars are expected to be autonomous by 2050.
Here comes a small summary of what major manufacturers did during the past year,
Audi launched its research plan last January and obtained the first license for self-driving cars in Nevada. What’s in particular in this case is that it is also a big step of laws concerned about autonomous vehicles.
Ford debuted a fusion hybrid autonomous research vehicle which means the first combination of green vehicles and “smart” autonomous vehicles.
Tesla expressed its openness to autonomous working fields as the CEO announced in September that “engineers interested in working on autonomous driving should email Tesla”.
Volvo even launched a pilot project which will unleash a fleet of 100 self-driving Volvos onto about 30 miles of busy roadways around its home city Gothenburg, Sweden.
Knowing that laws and liability issues are the biggest hurdle to let autonomous vehicles be accepted by users, we will still need to wait for some breakthroughs in ethical aspects while technologies are rapidly developed. Hopefully, we will already have numerous autonomous vehicles running on streets.