2020: This year in driverless

Technology and Business

Alice Salter

Alice Salter

22-12-2020

       

In the past year, the driverless dream has taken a big step closer to reality across the world, and not just in the places we’ve come to expect either. Cities like Barcelona, Bristol and even Trondheim in Norway have all seen autonomous tech edge into the public domain this year. Soon, flying cars will be doing the same. That tech has taken huge leaps forward since air taxis were launched in Dubai in 2017 and many are pledging to develop flying cars even further.

 

Back in January we looked at how autonomous vehicles could optimise the largest human migration and we’ve seen how Covid-19 has become a catalyst for the development of autonomous driving too. For better or worse, the pandemic has changed how we navigate our world and driverless vehicles are a huge part of that equation.

 

And there have been more positives over the year. After years of waiting, subscription-based models are finally here so we can choose to rent a car, not buy it. Could that give us more options in 2021 and beyond? Plus, finally, the connectivity we need for AVs to become a common sight has arrived. 5G became available to the public this year, and we’re beyond excited to see where it goes next.

 

Take a deep dive into the year’s biggest stories with our in-depth articles and watch our film to get the low-down on 2020 in the world of autonomous driving.

 
What’s been the biggest story of 2020 for you? What would you like to see for AVs in 2021? We love to hear your thoughts, so share them in the comments section below.

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