Waymo: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 24 Autonomy: Level 4 “Waymo will launch the first self-driving taxi services in the world, possibly in 2018.” Google kicked off the first genuinely self-driving car project ever in 2009. You would argue with this bold statement, but please correct me if I am wrong: no one ever called their project as ‘Self-Driving Car Project’. Waymo fleet ran 4 million kilometers … Continue reading Waymo: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Volkswagen: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 28 Autonomy: Level 5 “That would be no surprise, if VW executives shake hands and take a selfie with their first AV customers in Ingolstadt.” In 2007, Stanford Racing won the 2nd prize in DARPA Urban Challenge with an autonomous Volkswagen Passat Wagon, called RoadRunner. Average speed they achieved during the race was 22 km/h and it took 4.5 hour to … Continue reading Volkswagen: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Toyota: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 10 Autonomy: Likely to be Level 4 “We can see autonomous cars on the roads during Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.” Toyota announced a $1 billion investment in Toyota Research Institute (TRI) as a 5-year plan in 2015 and since then it sped up the autonomous driving technology research. TRI focuses on not only autonomous driving but also Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, … Continue reading Toyota: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Tesla: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 933 Autonomy: Already Level ~3, Level 4&5 on the way “If you have a Tesla, you will just need a software update in 2019 to be able sleep on the wheel while commuting to work.” Tesla released its first Level ~3 cars in 2016 and it has been developing and releasing the newer versions of its Autopilot technology since then. Tesla … Continue reading Tesla: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Mercedes-Benz: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 28 Autonomy: Level 4 “Merc takes self-driving technology in a holistic way.” Mercedes-Benz (Daimler AG) stands out among all other companies for one reason: it is the only company produces cars, trucks, buses and even military off-road vehicles under the same brand as well as the only company who revealed its plans on autonomous driving in almost all categories. In 2014, … Continue reading Mercedes-Benz: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

General Motors: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 40 Autonomy: Level 4 “GM-Cruise alliance is planning to produce Level 4 self-driving cars in 2019.” GM cars are not that visible in this old continent, called Europe. Our European readers will understand what I mean. Apart from US and China, you do not see a Chevy or a red emblem GM on the road everyday. GM used to own Opel/Vauxhall … Continue reading General Motors: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Ford: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 64 Autonomy: Level 4 “At an Apple-like pace, Ford keeps investing money in key areas.” August 2016: Ford was the first company to announce its target date, 2021, to launch its mass-produced fully autonomous cars. Mark Fields, the former Ford CEO, said “Our goal is not only be an auto company but an auto and mobility company.” and his statement echoed … Continue reading Ford: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?