In March 2016, General Motors purchased Cruise Animation, self-driving car startup, for $1 billion and ended the hesitancy between automakers and tech companies to partner. Since GM’s deal, major automakers and leading technology firms have been joining forces in order cultivate self-driving vehicle research and development projects, and design a future that may permanently reshape our roads.
“They’re no longer automotive companies either—they’re now calling themselves ‘mobility’ companies, just in case all those predictions about the end of car ownership come true,” says Fortune contributor Erin Griffith. Predictions as to when fully autonomous vehicles will hit the road range from 2050 to as soon as next year; however, Ford Motors predicts that it will have have the largest fleet of autonomous test vehicles of any automaker by the end of 2016.
Industry experts have an active discussions regarding the economical impact of driverless cars; however, greatest advantage is a significant increase on driver safety and a decrease in collisions.
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