The most obvious answer to this question is Google, but they’re not alone. In fact, just about every major auto maker has publicly announced when they plan to have driverless cars publicly available. As shown here, the list is much longer than just Google and the auto makers. Uber has also recently invested in the development of this technology since driverless cars would only enhance the profitability of their business model (e-hailing technology without drivers). Baidu is a Chinese search giant that has partnered with BMW to develop a semi-autonomous prototype by the end of this year and Yutong, a Chinese bus manufacturer, has been researching driverless bus technology. EasyMile, ZMP, DeNa, and NAVYA are just a few of the other companies that have emerged in this space.
Here’s the real question: After getting engaged this past week, I’m interested in knowing which of these suppliers would like to incorporate driverless cars into my wedding? 🙂