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Blog 2018-08-08T13:56:04+00:00

Self-Driving Cars: How Close Are We Really? (without the hype)

For the last couple of years we have heard many companies and CEOs promising us fully autonomous cars in 2018 - 2020 [1, 2, 3, 4]. We are halfway through 2018 and, although they are definitely making progress, I do not see fully autonomous cars operating on a large scale in that time period. Of course they can argue that they have never promised it on a large scale, but they definitely made it sound like it was coming towards everyone's driveway in the near future. And so it is only normal that the single question I get asked the most as an autonomous car engineer/researcher is: “When are the autonomous cars going to be ready?”. Now to disappoint you immediately, I am not going to answer that question in this blog. However, I would like to give a brief overview of the trends we can see happening in this field. It is based on my experience in industry/academia and what I read and hear around me. Although I use references and examples, this is still a subjective blog describing my view for the interested reader. If you are looking for a more in-depth, technical discussion of the different techniques used in this field, I highly recommend reading this excellent blog post by Markus Wulfmeier. Anyone following the news even slightly must have seen a crazy amount of companies all trying to nail the self-driving car problem. Although they claim to genuinely care about [...]

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