Top 10 Barriers to Self-Driving Cars

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Autonomous Cars Are Coming – but When?

The day is coming where the only thing you’ll have to do is get in the car and tell it where you would like to go. Your automobile will navigate its own way to your destination, avoiding cars and pedestrians while charting a course that is safe and efficient.

Currently, self-driving vehicles are being tested on public roads in some parts of the country. They range from Google’s Waymo affiliate’s pod-like autonomous prototypes roaming cities near San Francisco, California to Daimler Trucks North America’s tractor-trailer cargo trucks that are rolling on the highways of Nevada. Uber engineers are testing cars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While some manufacturers are pushing the envelope as they step toward that future, others are taking a more measured approach.

There are, however, several hurdles that will need to be overcome before we see a wide adoption of self-driving technology. Some of the factors are tangible, such as cost, while others are harder to quantify, such as perceived safety. Check out the following slides to explore some of those obstacles, and see how they are being overcome.

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