Apple certainly has the means to catch far more advanced project at Google. But the advantage of the Internet company is in test mileage of its cars for years circling the roads of California. In June, the group announced that for three years she autonomous cars have passed 1 million. Miles have been through over 200,000 sign “Stop” traffic light 600 000 and 180 million. Other vehicles. Tests are performed with upgraded Toyota Prius, Audi TT and Lexus RX450h, but the company has already created and private two-seater prototype of a speed of 25 mph (40 kmh). Google now has 48 licenses from California for autonomous cars. After it was Tesla with 12 cars, but still develops software for more opportunities for unmanned driving. The other companies that have similar licenses are Audi, Bosch, Mercedes-Benz, Delphi Automotive and Nissan. So these are the companies which are expected to pull the sector forward, at least in the coming years.
Mercedes has already presented during the exhibition deluxe prototype of an autonomous car F 015. It is not yet clear when he will be ready for testing. But the German giant’s strategy includes the gradual implementation of various systems in current models in time to make the car fully autonomous. Already tested such an automatic change of lanes, stopping or parking. Plans traditional companies are notably through the gradual introduction of various extras to ten years to reach the driverless car.
But this was not the plan of Google, and covered in secrecy projects Chinese Alibaba and Baidu, and the application for transport Uber. Internet giant wants 2020 to be fully ready with autonomous car that marketed. There are still many uncertainties about these plans – some experts predict that auto giants will continue to make cars for end customers, some of them will be unmanned until at least initially machines technology companies will be used for autonomous taxi in urban areas.