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CEO of Aptiv States Autonomous Taxis Will Arrive in 2018

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【Summary】In an interview with Bloomberg, Aptiv CEO Kevin Clark claimed that self-driving taxis and delivery vehicles will be operating on public roads next year.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Dec 16, 2017 10:15 AM PT
CEO of Aptiv States Autonomous Taxis Will Arrive in 2018

Autonomous vehicles are coming – pretty much everyone knows that. What people, especially automakers and technology companies, can't seem to lock down is exactly when driverless vehicles will be on the road. The majority of companies chasing after autonomous vehicles believe 2020 is a good date as any for the release of driverless cars. And since companies operate under the notion of not promising things they can't back up, everyone's just going with it. But this CEO believes that autonomous vehicles will be here by 2018.

Look Out For Driverless Cars In 2018

In an interview with Bloomberg, Aptiv CEO Kevin Clark stated that driverless cars, well at least autonomous taxis and delivery machines, will arrive by next year. Aptiv is the technology related part of Delphi Automotive's two-headed branch. Delphi split into two companies earlier this year – Aptiv and Delphi Technologies. Aptiv will spearhead the technology aspect of autonomous vehicles, while Delphi Technologies is in charge of powertrain development. 

Clark claims that autonomous vehicles themselves will be ready to be unleashed onto public roads by next year, but the inner workings to actually make them affordable is still "in the first inning," reports Bloomberg. As the outlet claims, companies are motivated to take humans out of the equation as they cost more than driverless tech. 

"When you look at the commercial market – areas where you have a driver in a vehicle – there is financial incentive to use autonomous driving," said Clark. "Those customers are willing to pay a much higher price." 

That's a bold claim that a lot of automakers aren't willing to make and it's not like Delphi, or Aptiv, doesn't know what it's talking about. Delphi recently acquired Boston driverless start-up nuTonomy for $400 million and partnered with Innoviz Technologies on LiDAR technology for driverless vehicles. So the company knows what it's doing and what it takes to become a leader in the autonomous scene. 

It's Time To Believe The Hype

When asked if it's possible for autonomous vehicles to travel a quarter of all the miles traveled by all cars in 2030, Clark claimed that the figure was realistic. "I think it's realistic," said Clark. "You're looking at a range, but I think what you're going to be thinking about here is vehicles being introduced in urban environments. Low speed vehicles, not more than 25 mph doing delivery, taxi-type things in really congested cities. That's probably going to be the foundation for that estimate." 

When asked about which area is in the lead, Clark claims that the United States as a whole is doing extremely well when it comes to testing autonomous vehicles and believes that it's extremely difficult to pinpoint one location, like Michigan or Arizona, as the location that's leading the country in autonomous technology. Clark, though, did call Waymo out for being first in the world of driverless vehicles, claiming that the company is the first to truly being testing driverless vehicles. 

The comments Aptiv's CEO made may seem like they're a little farfetched, but General Motors is planning on having its autonomous ride-hailing service up by 2019, which makes it sound like Aptiv may be on to something. 

via: Bloomberg


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