There’s been an extensive amount of research into developing the technology between autonomous vehicles, but now we are witnessing an increased amount of interest from car manufacturers who are aiming to commercialize such vehicles.
The technology has been around for several years, and has been mostly been researched and developed by Universities and other technology institutions. The development has now shifted from the academic and technology researchers to car manufacturers such as Nissan, Volvo, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and others who are looking to commercialize driverless cars over the next decade. Google have also been involved in the development and testing of driverless cars.
One of the main concerns behind such vehicles is the legal and liability issues that arise in the event of an accident. Who is responsible? The passenger? Or the car manufacturer? This is a legal concern which will have a major impact on the commercialization, and needless to say car insurance companies, will be a topic that will require a lot of refining. Nevada is actually the first state which has approved driverless cars on public roads, and will have a pivotal effect in the testing and progression of using such vehicles.
The following infographic takes a look at the leaders in driverless car manufacturing, and who will be the one that is most likely to start mass production. It also displays noticeable technology that is being used such as six different types of radars, sensors and cameras. Another feature included in this infographic are headshots and quotes from the heads of research and development from the car manufacturers.
So, who will when the race for the driverless car?
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