Autonomous Cars Are Driving on Our Streets. Welcome to 2018.

Take the Wheel Over the course of 2017, we saw some major steps forward when it comes to autonomous vehicles. This technology has been on the horizon for some time, but it’s finally hitting the streets in various forms.

In July 2017, a US House Committee gave its approval for the SELF DRIVE act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation intended to underpin the safe introduction of autonomous vehicles. The bill is set to allow automakers to field 25,000 such cars in their first year of deployment, up to an annual cap of 100,000 over three years.

While the SELF DRIVE act has passed the House, it is yet to pass the Senate — although the Senate has given its approval to other legislation that will influence the access autonomous vehicles have to our road networks. Still, various companies are gearing up to start testing their autonomous vehicles in coming years.

Potential Roadblocks

Autonomous vehicles seem poised to change the way we travel, and even impact the design of our urban spaces. However, there’s still some debate as to what kind of timeline we’re looking at.