Report: Cars Won't Have Pedals, Steering Wheels by 2035

By | July 14, 2014
Nissan has promised self-driving cars by 2020 while other automakers have said they will come sooner. But a few questions remain as to how these cars will present themselves to consumers on the market. According to a new report by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, experts in the field believe that laws and policies will be the biggest roadblock for the advancement of autonomous vehicles. When these cars finally do come to market, the experts surveyed said that cars will likely not have rear-view mirrors, horns, or emergency brakes by 2030. And by 2035, cars will likely not have steering wheels or any brake/accelerator pedals. The auto industry has already come along way in making these advancements. Tesla has presented its Model X SUV that replaces rear-view mirrors with a display screen inside the car. And Google is already testing its first autonomous cars with no steering wheels, and it hopes to run a full pilot program in California within the next few years. Maps will play a key role in getting driverless cars to market, the group said. A whopping 74 percent of respondents said that a complete digital map of the world will be available for use by autonomous cars within the next 15 years. And when it comes to the places in the world that will benefit most from self-driving cars, more than half said it would be North America. Europe came in second place (28 percent) while Asia came in third (17 percent). Source: IEEE