Once a sci-fi, the self-driving cars are no longer a concept, research or a futuristic idea. The "autonomous" is now an engineered auto technology in consumer vehicles that is rapidly evolving. The driver-less era will be powered by artifical intelligence, big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things. These semi-robotic machines are all set to change the course of the car insurance industry and will have a long lasting impact on the businesses and professionals. The Business Insider Intelligence Estimates, 2015 suggests that around 10 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020. A KPMG report also predicts that the accidents will drop by 80% by 2040.
Here are the top 10 car makers in the race to build the world's best self-driving car by 2020#1. TESLA
Tesla will be autonomous ready by 2018, but the regulators will be all set for the driverless technology to debut on the road only by 2020. Self-driving cars is largely expected to be the next big wave in car technology, if not locomotion in general. Uber, the online transportation network company has offered to buy 500,000 of Tesla's to it's fleet, if the latter succeds to build fully autonomous cars by 2020.#2. GOOGLE
Google is likely to license it's fully autonomous car technology to other companies by 2020. It doesn't intend to be a car manufacturer and has approached the US federal law makers to implement rules for regulating driverless cars. The Google car has completed over 1 million miles of driving that still needs technological refinement before it is drive ready.#3. UBER
Uber showcased it's first driverless car last year, a hybrid Ford Fusion developed at Uber's Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in association with Carnegie Mellon University at Pittsburgh. It also has opened a research development facility at Arizona in partnership with University of Arizona. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has also opened the state's roads to self-driving cars for testing.#4. TOYOTA
Toyota is accelerating efforts to equip cars with driverless technology with it's modified Lexus GS 450h, the Highway Teammate. The company has already flown the Highway Teammate on public roads in Tokyo. It has outstripped any other automaker or tech company with 1,400 self-driving car patents in it's armor, twice as many as any other company. Toyota has also striked research collbaoration with Stanford, the University of Michigan, and MIT for getting thit's autonomous car production-ready by 2020.#5. NISSAN
Nissan test drove it's autonomous vehicle last year, a modified all-electric LEAF at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. In a first, LEAF uses robotics software originally developed for planetary rovers to operate autonomously. NASA Ames and Nissan North America have also signed an accord for Autonomous Vehicle Research that would facilitate both the organizations to develop and test a variety of vehicular transport applications – from rovers to self-driving cars. The automaker will also release a fully autonomous version of ProPILOT by 2020 for self-driving cars.#6. FORD
Ford was the first automaker to begin testing its vehicles at Mcity, University of Michigan’s simulated urban environment, the first automaker to publicly demonstrate autonomous vehicle operation in the snow and the first automaker to test its autonomous research vehicles at night. The company has 30 self-driving Fusion Hybrid sedans on the roads in California, Arizona and Michigan, with plans to triple it next year.#7. VOLVO
Volvo is extensively testing it's self-driving XC90's in China, Gothenburg, London and Sweden through the automaker's DriveMe program that would allow 100 volunteers to test drive it's fully autonomous cars on public roads. Volvo is committed to have a commercially viable "deathproof" autonomous car on the roads by 2020.#8. BMW
BMW has partnered with Mobileye and Intel for commercially rolling out it's iNEXT model which will be the basis for future fleets of fully autonomous vehicles. Baidu, popularly called the Google of China, and BMW have allied together to produce a self-driving car for the Chinese market. The companies successfully completed the maiden testing of it's driverless car using a modified BMW 3 Series. This joint project by the automakers is undergoing a thorough testing of their technology in Beijing and Shanghai.#9. HONDA
Honda revealed an autonomous version of Acura's RLX Sport Hybrid at new california testing facility earlier this year. The company also rolled out semi-autonomous functionality in Acuras and the Civic LX sedan model year 2016, which costs $20,000-$22,000. Comma, a San Francisco startup created a self-driving system 'Comma One' that could be added to existing Honda cars at just $1000, but was later pulled down sighting auto safety violations. Honda plans to roll out it's fleet of fully autonomous cars by 2020.#10. DELPHI
Delphi Automotive successfully completed a cross-country road trip using autonomous technology with a modified Audi SQ5, driving from San Francisco to New York, a 3,400-mile trip in April 2015. The automaker also completed testing of it's self-driving car service in Singapore. The company will also provide a fleet of self-driving cars to the Singapore Land Transport Authority along with the software for a mobility-on-demand program. It has also partnered with Mobileye to produce turnkey self-driving systems for Self-Driving Cars.