Steering Wheel, Gas Pedal to Disappear by 2035: Survey

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

The future of the automobile looks very different from what we know today, and one survey predicts that even the steering wheel will be gone by 2035.

Most respondents agree that rearview mirrors, horns, and emergency brakes will be gone from cars by 2030, while the steering wheels and gas/brake pedals will be killed off by 2035. This means that the majority of the responders believe that cars will be fully autonomous in just over two decades.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) polled 200 researchers, academicians, practitioners, university students, society members, and government agencies on which mass-produced automotive feature would be eliminated from cars of the future.

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The poll also asked the participants to identify the major barriers blocking autonomous vehicles from coming to the market. They identified legal liability, policymakers and consumer acceptance as the top three barriers, while cost, infrastructure, and technology were identified as less worrying barriers.

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Earl Earl on Jul 16, 2014

    dumb and dumber

  • Gary Gary on Sep 18, 2014

    Baloney. Just coincidentally, I was looking at a nostalgic article from the sixties proclaiming that by the end of the century, cars would be flying. Public acceptance alone will kill the idea for any mass utilization of this so-called technology.