Self-Driving Cars Will Come In Different Flavors, Later Not Sooner, Experts Tell Consumer Forum

The current regulatory framework for traditional cars won’t work for self-driving vehicles, asserted Center for Auto Safety Executive Director Jason Levine, professing technology and enforcement don’t always work at the same pace. “People say self driving vehicles are just computers on wheels. We don’t regulate computers very well.” Levine said.

by Ted Knutson
May 10, 2019

Cars that completely drive themselves in showrooms a year from now?

It’s a common misconception, consumer safety advocates and auto industry executives told a forum in Washington Friday.

The generally agreed forecast: self-driving cars will come in many different flavors later rather than sooner.

In decades, consumers could see some cars that fully drive themselves with others that go part of the way with vehicles that have technology do the steering, braking and/or parking, Toyota Director of Technology and Innovation Policy Hilary Cain told a Consumer Federation of America roundtable.

“No one has any earthly idea what the future will bring,” the Toyota executive said.

Cain said the future of fully and partially self-driving cars is far away because of the need to improve the reliability and safety of the technology.

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