GM: Self-driving cars could be on the road ahead of schedule
Autonomous vehicles could be deployed 15 years earlier than expected, according to General Motors.
When exactly can we expect a rollout of self-driving cars on the market? The roadmap for the introduction of autonomous cars is a fiercely discussed topic; and when it comes to saying when these vehicles will arrive on our roads, it seems General Motors is taking a more than optimistic stance.
Earlier this week, head of foresights and trends at General Motors Richard Holman suggested that the timetable for the deployment of self-driving cars had changed. Significantly. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, he told a crowd gathered at a conference in Detroit that most people now think that self-driving cars could hit the road by 2020, if not sooner. Earlier industry estimates had 2035 as a reasonable timetable, he added.
Rather than crediting the car industry for the changes, Holman is reported to have said that it is in fact the tech industry in Silicon Valley that is currently pushing automated-vehicle technology forward. Using Google and Tesla as examples, he said the auto industry was often more "cautious" than the tech industry, playing a role in the speed of developments.
Elsewhere, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne has also claimed that autonomous cars will soon become mainstream due to the rapid advances that most auto and technology companies are making in research and development. According to a Guardian article, Volvo has announced plans to start selling cars with autonomous driving technology by 2020. Speaking at a seminar on self-driving cars in London, chief executive Håkan Samuelsson is reported to have said that one in four owners of premium cars will buy a self-driving vehicle, and that the technology will already become more available and affordable by 2020.