The Battle for the Driverless Car

The Battle for the Driverless Car

The idea of being able to sit in the backseat of your car while your car drives for you used to be a fantasy. The statement released by General Motors, Google Android, and Apple services has suggested that driverless cars are not too far into our future. This statement suggests that in the next four years, major auto companies like GM, Ford, Audi, Acura, Nissan, Honda and other big names will release their own versions of driverless cars. Android and Apple services come into play when the car companies started to discuss operating systems. The current plan was to allow some car companies to exclusively serve the Android operating system while allowing another set of car companies to exclusively serve the Apple operating system. However, researchers have noted that if a consumer who is strictly Android and strictly Nissan is forced to adapt to an Apple iOS, it could mean shortfalls in sales among the companies. Instead, both tech companies have decided to create inclusive operating systems for all car companies. It will be up to the consumer on how they want the driverless car to operate. Their plan is to have the consumer place their phone on a special adapter and have all of their information connected to the phone. GPS information, emails, music, and alarms and aspects of that nature will all be controlled within the car. There is a lot more research to be done, but Sam Tabar and the team at thumbtack.com predict that early models will hit the test track in 2018 or 2019.

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