Autonomous driving featured prominently in two big exhibitions this January: the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). At CES, panels discussed the way that all kinds of companies and people are “transforming the experience of how we hit the road,” with carmakers, technologists, and lobbyists coming together to offer input about and a vision for a self-driving future. At NAIAS, more than 40,000 automotive and mobility experts and innovators chatted about emerging mobility technologies and trends. Presentations and panel discussions set the framework for product benchmarking and technology immersion.
So it makes sense that this edition of the “Gas2 Week in Review” would look at the revelations about autonomous driving that are swirling around the recent headlines. After all, autonomous vehicles seem poised to change the way we travel and may even impact the design of our urban spaces.
So what’s new in the autonomous driving news?
Mass Adoption of Autonomous Driving Begins with Driverless Mobility Services
If a new report is correct, more than 33 million autonomous vehicles will be sold globally in 2040. That’s a huge increase from the volume forecast for 2021, which is just 51,000 units. And the impetus for the change starts with the molding of autonomous driving and mobility services. Ride-hailing will be the average person’s initial experience with fully autonomous vehicles; individual ownership may follow or maybe won’t actually even happen at all.