One study is suggesting that more than 21 million self-driving cars will be sold by 2035.
With automakers and tech companies investing heavily into driverless technology, there’s little reason to doubt that autonomous vehicles will become mainstream in the near future. IHS Automotive believes that global sales of self-driving cars will reach 600,000 units by 2025, but over the following decade, consumers will embrace the technology, helping sales increase exponentially past 21 million by 2035.
Citing the rapid pace at which automakers and tech companies are developing autonomous vehicles, IHS Automotive expects the U.S. to overcome regulatory obstacles first, with the study predicting that 4.5 million self-driving cars will be on U.S. roads by 2035. China is predicted to have the most autonomous vehicles by 2035 at 5.7 million, while Western Europe should have 1.2 million at that time.
Just this year alone, Google has expanded its self-driving project and recently announced that it is building a technology development center near Detroit, Michigan. The tech giant has been working on autonomous vehicle technology for years now and also recently partnered with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to outfit 100 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans with self-driving tech. Uber also revealed that it is testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and many automakers are slowly rolling out semi-autonomous technology to production vehicles as they get ready to release fully autonomous vehicles by 2020.