August 23, 2012
KPMG Report Claims Self-Driving Cars In 2019
|In a report released from KPMG states that self-driving cars could be hitting our roads as soon as 2019. The new technology could provide solutions to some of our most intractable social problems—the high cost of traffic crashes and transportation infrastructure, the millions of hours wasted in traffic jams, and the wasted urban space given over to parking lots, and more.|
A recently released report from KPMG states that the new technology could provide solutions to some of our most intractable social problems—the high cost of traffic crashes and transportation infrastructure, the millions of hours wasted in traffic jams, and the wasted urban space given over to parking lots, just to name a few.
If self-driving vehicles become a reality, the implications would also be profoundly disruptive for almost every stakeholder in the automotive ecosystem. As one industry executive put it, “Everything from how we move goods to how we move ourselves around, is ripe for change.”
The report stresses the need for the technological convergence of sensor-based technologies and connected-vehicle communications that to enable truly autonomous vehicles. Based on their research, the report authors believe the technologies are likely to converge in the not-so-distant future.
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|Self-driving car timeline - Image Source KPMG|
An affirmative NRI in 2013 is likely to be succeeded by the release of specifications in 2014 or 2015. Assuming a four year vehicle development cycle, the first vehicles with built-in V2V and V2I capability could launch in 2019, perhaps sooner if manufacturers opt to pursue DSRC with or without a mandate.
According to the report, "the advantage of a mandate is that it would spur development across the industry and expedite adoption of convergence solutions."
SOURCE KPMG Report - Self-driving cars: The next revolution
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