With driverless car technology on the rise, there are a few automakers which had already declared that their self driving car will hit public by 2020. A report by Juniper Research, a mobile and digital market research firm, listed top five players which are most likely going to release the self driving cars into the market.
These automakers are categorized based on a certain criteria such as the time spent developing related technologies, first live test and other trials conducted, the number of miles tested on public roads, the size of the fleet, media coverage, the number of employees working on it as well as the future opportunities.
These five companies are Apple, Tesla, Daimler, Volvo and Google.
Apple is known to have been low profile in regards of driverless car. There is no knowledge about first trials or subsequent tests; however, according to Tech Insider, Apple executives had met with the California Department for Motor Vehicle to discuss rules for testing autonomous vehicles on public roads. On top of that the Wall Street Journal also reported that Apple had been preparing to ship its first electric self driving car in 2019.
Tesla, on the other hand, has been aggressively pushing its self driving cars to public and it has already made some progress. The company has rolled out semi-autonomous Autopilot system which capable to drive itself on highway, automatically change lane and park itself. Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, said that he planned to release a fully autonomous vehicle out to public within three years which is earlier than the current 2020 timeline and to meet this deadline; the company is reported to hire hardcore software engineers.
Earlier last year, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes Benz has made some headline with its self driving truck tested to drive itself on a public road. Daimler head of development, Thomas Weber, said that the company wanted to be the first to launch autonomous functions in production vehicles.
Volvo has launched DriveMe project which responsible for an autonomous bus system that will be launched in Sweden in Spring 2016. The same project is also allowing consumers to test autonomous cars in 2017. Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo’s president and chief executive mentioned that if the US federal government would implement regulations governing autonomous cars, it would accept full liability if a Volvo is ever in an accident while in autonomous mode.
Google has collected 90 years worth of collective driving experience. The company has been testing driverless car longer than any other automakers. In its white paper, Juniper Research wrote that Google’s investment in the technology was unparalleled and was most likely to succeed as the first to create a vehicle that was truly autonomous. Therefore, it deserves to be at the top.