Although there is an eventual possibility that autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles will be hitting the road in the future, a recent survey from the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that only 22% of consumers want auto manufacturers to focus more on creating autonomous vehicles.
A previous blog examined whether we will see fully autonomous vehicles on the road by the end of this year. Whether that is possible or not remains to be seen. But when these self-driving cars take to the road, there will be public safety and economic benefits, according to a distinguished think tank.
There have been many advances in the automotive industry in the 21st century: electric vehicles, cars that can brake automatically and park themselves and nearly autonomous vehicles. Soon, there will be another mode of transportation: solar vehicles.
Axios reported that U.S. Representative Rob Latta of Ohio, a ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce’s technology and communications subcommittee, is bringing back to the House floor a bill that he said would help make the United States the leader in the manufacture of autonomous vehicles.
In his video message that was broadcast during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he foresees Level 5 cars, also known as self-driving vehicles, hitting the road before the end of 2020. “I remain confident that we will have the basic functionality for Level 5 autonomy complete this year,” he said.