The dream of the autonomous car on public roads could be closer than many of us think. Ford's CEO Mark Fields told analysts and reporters on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show that he could see an automaker release a self-driving vehicle to the public within five years.
“Fully autonomous vehicles are a real possibility,” said Fields. “Probably, in the next five years, you’ll see somebody introduce autonomous vehicles.”
Audi demonstrated how far we have come in self-driving tech by having an Audi A7 equipped with the latest tech to drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on its own. The vehicle was able to do 560 mile trip with no problem.
But while technology is here, there are still a number of obstacles that automakers have to overcome with self-driving cars, such as laws and insurance details.