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‘Driverless cars to be on European streets within five years’, says EU Commissioner


Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, European Commission has predicted that driverless cars will be deployed in significant numbers in controlled environments within the next five years. “It is really exciting to see how quickly this technology is emerging,” said Bulc. “The technology itself is almost ready, I am sure we are talking about a few years in controlled environments, for example, ports, airports and campuses.” However, Bulc did note that concerns on safety, security and acceptance of the technology could delay the further take-up of autonomous vehicles in common city settings. “I am sure we will overcome these as well,” she said. “However, it will take another few years to come up with the legislative framework. We also need to look at the depreciation cycles of infrastructure, which could be 10 to 15 years.”

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