Home Car News Europe Not Ready For Autonomous Taxis

Europe Not Ready For Autonomous Taxis

- Advertisement -

For the last couple of years, we have seen many companies and CEOs promising that fully autonomous cars will hit the auto industry by 2018 – 2020.

2018 and 2019 have passed, although they are definitely making progress, though we do not see fully autonomous cars operating on a large scale in that time period.

Then hopes were raised when it was promised by Daimler that march 2021 was the final date to put 10,000 autonomous taxis on the streets by 2021.

This week it was announced by Daimler Chairman Ola Kallenius that the company was making a “reality check” on the project and focusing on self-driving long-haul trucks instead.

It can be seen that self-driving cabs aren’t coming in fashion as fast as it was expected by the auto industry.

Kallenius’s decided to have “reality check” due to some solid business reasons that are that Daimler is cutting costs and can’t commit to a large, capital-intensive project without a clear idea of what kind of first-mover advantage it might get.

Also Read:  European Factories At Risk in FCA-PSA merger: Will Lead To Slow Down In Automobile Market.

The biggest headache of the company’s dealing with self-driving is that cars aren’t a menace in city traffic, and it is a job that will take more than a couple of years.

The incident of March 2018 accident in which a driverless Uber killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, is still haunting people and it appears Uber’s cars had been involved in dozens of previous nonfatal incidents in the course of the same testing program these are becoming the reason of delay for autonomous cars to become fully functional.

No other company wants to be in the same situation as Uber so General Motors subsidiary Cruise won’t be launching self-driving taxis in San Francisco this year, as previously promised, and maybe not next year, either.

For European carmakers, they are facing problems to deal with older cities not laid out on a grid, launching autonomous taxi services appears even more daunting in these cities.

Autonomous car developers are complaining about unpredictable human drivers and pedestrians who are causing all the accidents, but the cities in which they have to run will have these problems.

Also Read:  Auto Expo 2020: Maruti Suzuki introduced the Ignis facelift
Also Read:  European Factories At Risk in FCA-PSA merger: Will Lead To Slow Down In Automobile Market.

There also lies a problem in figuring out how to reduce rather than increase urban congestion. It’s better for companies to say they are working on the project and start the autonomous taxi when they are fully sure about it.

- Advertisement -

Newsletter

Sign up for latest news, important updates and special tutorials.

Saransh Pandey
Pursuing Mechanical engineering from National Institute of technology ,Agartala
2,723,081FansLike
41,469FollowersFollow
20FollowersFollow
241SubscribersSubscribe

Must Read

Mercedes EQS Claims a 435 Mile Range, Could Beat the Tesla Champ Model S?

The Mercedes has set an eye on Tesla, and it's looking to offer the electric car manufacturer a tough competition with its under-development, Mercedes EQS,...

Will We See The Iconic Ambassador Make a Return On Indian Roads?

Can the iconic Hindustan Ambassador be revived? The's always a catch to start big debates with a question, hence this. The Indian roads were...

Will new Ford Mustang Car Launch In India?

Ford Mustang is a must-have in everyone's "favourite car list". But this American muscle car is still out of reach in India. If you...

Lamborghini has Now Officially Delivered 10,000 Urus !!!

Lamborghini has completed a milestone of 10,000 Urus produced and sold. The Lamborghini Urus is known for being the world's first Super Sport Utility...

Bengaluru-Based Startup Pravaig, Comes Up with Tesla Rival, the Extinction MK1 !!!

The Indian automobile market is at its lowest, the tech is outdated, yet top-notch companies like Mahindra and Tata are striving for resembling the...

Jeep Hints Towards a V8 Powered Wrangler Amidst Bronco Fear !!!

With the Bronco shedding the reputation of others, stealing the limelight even before launch, the rivals are trying hard to compete strongly against the...

To Scrap Jeep Wrangler, 2021 Ford Bronco Makes a Heroic Entry !!!

After covering almost a dozen of posts, the iconic and legendary, Ford Bronco is reborn to take a breath, but not in a very competitive segment....

2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Xago is the Lamborghini’s Way of Special Editions !!!

The latest hypercar edition has been announced by Lamborghini that loves limiting its products, the so-called Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Xango, has a unique speciality,...

Here is the Review of 2020 Opel Astra Car Model !!!

The current generation of the car was launched in 2016 and was rapidly named the European Car of the Year. But for three years...