Why we’re still years away from having self-driving cars

Why we’re still years away from having self-driving cars

For the last five years, all anybody in the car world has talked about — well, apart from electrification — is autonomous driving. In fact, the world was so optimistic about this future that then-US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx declared in 2016 that we’d have fully autonomous cars everywhere by 2021. There are a lot of knotty problems to solve that are conspiring to delay the arrival of the technology — in fact, answers to these problems may redefine how self-driving cars will work. Finally, at the risk of further muddying the waters about when and what we can expect, there’s another variable that’s slowing down self-driving cars: Covid-19. (Technically, all semi-autonomous or “self-driving” systems are ADAS, it’s just that some are more advanced than others.)

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