March 01, 2017      

The automotive industry has been among the very first to embrace emerging technologies. Practically every month, automakers invent new ways to make vehicles and their own mass production more efficient. Throughout the past decade, we have witnessed the next great wave in automotive development with a focus on building autonomous cars by engineers worldwide.

At this past January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the major car makers and suppliers showed off concept cars without a steering wheel or a gas paddle or even brakes. Such autonomous cars are intended to run independently based on proprietary and cloud-based software and AI, lidar and visual sensors, and GPS systems.

In addition, companies that are relative outsiders to the auto industry, such as ride-sharing provider Uber and Google’s Waymo spinoff, have gotten into the act. Presently, almost all leading companies and research groups — including Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Tesla, Ford, and Toyota — are testing products on public roads.

All of these organizations have published their projected release dates. For example, Audi is ready to launch its autonomous model A8 by the end of 2017, and Tesla said it will unveil its model in 2018. By 2020, we will could see autonomous cars from both old and new automakers alike.

The infographic below by GetoffRoad rounds up the statistics about autonomous cars rolling to roads near you. It summarizes the features of autonomous cars, their design, and the history of the leading manufacturers that are ready to step in.

Autonomous cars are barreling to market

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