23 Jun '13, 1pm

Former GE Head, Larry Burns, Predicts Autonomous Cars by 2020 #selfdriving #futuretech

Former GE Head, Larry Burns, Predicts Autonomous Cars by 2020 #selfdriving #futuretech

Looking into the tea leaves – that is, citing transportation and demographic trends – a former General Motors R&D head has said that by 2020, self-driving vehicles will be available. The 2020 vision for autonomous vehicles presented by Larry Burns at the University of Michigan Robotics Day could solve such issues as distracted driving and tailgating. It could also dovetail with calls for reliance on lighter – likely hybrid or all-electric – vehicles, and greater efficiency. A few years back, GM made the case for the Volt as a car for the future based on studies that average daily driving for three-quarters of Americans was under 40 miles per day. That, it said, was good enough to justify its “moon shot” experiment for the plug-in car. Looking ahead again, GM’s former head of R&D, according to Automotive News , told the Michigan audience about a soon-to-be world of driverle...

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