The introduction of fully autonomous vehicles appears to be about five years off although sophisticated vehicles with autonomous features will become more common during the next two to four years, formers U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said during an appearance at the SAE’s annual meeting and exposition in Detroit.
However, it will be at least 20 years or more before autonomous vehicles are the predominant form of transportation, according Foxx, who served as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Transportation began laying out the first federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles.
Foxx said autonomous technology is moving forward quickly. Within the next two to four years, vehicles with Level Two, Level Three and Level Four autonomy, which is just short of full autonomy, will become more widely available. It will take another five years before fully autonomous vehicles reach the road, he said. (more…)