While most of the industry is only willing to go as far as semi-autonomous driving, the landscape for totally autonomous vehicles doesn’t seem to be expanding. Automakers like Nissan, GM, Volvo, Audi, Jaguar, and even Tesla have revealed plans that would still need driver input for most of their vehicles’ ride.

But Google doesn’t want to dial back on hands-off features like Tesla did for its Autopilot software, which is due to either drivers not being ready for the technology or the technology not being ready for moronic drivers.

It will be interesting to see how Google tackles the limitations imposed on driverless cars in California, and whether Apple’s secretive plans will only be for fully-autonomous cars considering this legal development. Will Uber, considering the controversy surrounding its service in various markets, even be able to build its own autonomous car?

We are totally in the dark regarding Apple’s move in this game. Of course it is safe to say that we will see Apple CarPlay in the company’s plans; that much we can be sure of. Perhaps Apple and Uber are planning service cars in that they are only used to deliver pizzas or replace the postman; but we have drones for that, and drones deliver faster with less risk to human life.

In the meantime, with other established automakers being able to innovate in other ways with the barriers still up on fully-autonomous driving, the question mark still remains over the rest who want to join in.

Staff Reporter

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