IoT Progress: What’s Really Happening with Driverless Cars in 2017?

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There’s been a lot of buzz about driverless cars since the first prototypes were announced. However, aside from a few grim stories about accidents (like the fatal crash involving a driverless Tesla in 2016 due to a combination of sensor and driver failure) and sporadic updates on the progress of driverless cars, most people haven’t seen them on the road—because there aren’t that many out there yet. So what’s really going on with autonomous vehicles in 2017? Let’s find out. 

Almost Ready for the Showrooms 

This year’s CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) is hosting a special guest: Delphi Automotive Plc, which is showing off its new Audis with self-driving systems that consumers will eventually be able to purchase. This shows that driverless car manufacturers are shifting their focus from proving that the technology works to actually selling the new cars. Showrooms will soon feature these vehicles with autonomous features, and the goal for manufacturers of these systems is to get them in the hands of automakers and public and private transit services. Projections are that these cars will be on the road within about 5 years. 

What Features Will They Have?

With self-driving cars coming to a road near you (Uber and Lyft …

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