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Integrating Autonomous Vehicles into our cities: Where are we now?

Autonomous cars have come a huge way since 2016 when Uber launched a pilot programme for self-driving cars and began to improve hardware in order to allow for fully autonomous vehicles.

2017 was the year of improving and experimenting with driverless cars. Companies such as Ford, Tesla and Google have already been releasing driverless cars, however their plans for the future leave many excited.

Volvo is yet to release 100 autonomous cars on public roads in order to give citizens a change to experience full autonomy. Their plan to have the cars on the roads in 2017 has been postponed for the near future so they can improve the quality of their cars. The company has a mission to make their cars ‘death proof’ by 2020 and so these cars will be a huge help in the direction they need to be heading in.

Ford will begin testing autonomous cars in Europe in 2018. Ford has plans to expand its quantity of driverless cars in preparation for 2021, when they plan to have fully autonomous taxis without a gas or brake-pedal and steering wheel.

BMW hope to improve their self-driving cars in competition with Uber. The company will test drive a series of self-driving cars in Munich in order to push and bring awareness to the autonomous vehicle business.

Finally, Tesla’s plan for their self-driving car to drive itself from Los Angeles to New York is scheduled to happen in 2018.

With the varied range of companies experimenting in autonomous vehicles there’s no doubt that the industry will be highly talked about in the future, especially in 2020/2021.

By Summer Simmons

Photo Credit: Nirbhay Dhapodkar

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Article References

Self Driving Milestomes coming in 2017

Driverless Cars: What have vehicle manufacturers done so far?

Ford plans to bring Autonomous Vehicles to a test market in 2018

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