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Toyota made some waves this week when it announced its plan to market self-driving cars by 2020. And that got me thinking, where do we stand on the race to create autonomous vehicles?
Google has been hush when it comes to disclosing a timeline for their self-driving technology. In their August 2015 report, Google said they had no timeline to disclose, and the September report lacked any mention of a timeline whatsoever.
But Reuters reported in January that Google has been meeting with automakers to develop self-driving cars by 2020. Considering how many companies have announced 2020 as the year their self-driving technology is coming out, it only makes sense that the company that has logged 1.2 million miles on its self-driving cars would follow suit.
Google and Tesla are the boldest when it comes to self-driving technology. Whereas other companies involved in self-driving technology are only promising semi-autonomous vehicles by 2020 (with the hope of releasing fully autonomous ones in the following years), Google and Tesla both want to hit a home run at their first step to bat.
Google will not make its own car, but will partner with suppliers to release their technology. The tech giant has met with General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Daimler and Volkswagen.
But Tesla could beat Google to the punch. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will be rolling out its autopilot feature next month with fully autonomous vehicles being just a few years away.
And now rumor has it that Apple is entering the competition with a target ship date of 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal report notes that Apple will not have a fully autonomous car at that time, and Apple has yet to say anything about developing a self-driving car.
Here's our breakdown off all the companies developing self-driving cars and their timeline.