Bosch announced its readiness to launch drones on the road “tomorrow”February 6, 2020
According to the bosses of the German corporation, everything is ready for it to launch commercial operation of selfdriving cars. We managed to solve technological problems, but the market is very regulated, and consumers are skeptical about the prospects for autonomous transport.
In an interview with Autocar, Koch Stepper, Bosch’s senior vice president of autonomous driving systems, said the corporation’s specialists “overcame all restrictions,” and that it’s impossible to bring drones onto the roads due to legal issues and customer disinterest.
“We need to distinguish between technological and non-technological problems,” said Stepper. “At present, we can confidently say that technology, hardware and software make it possible to switch to a drone tomorrow.” Yes, it will take more time for running-in and certification, but otherwise we have already prepared everything.
Despite the sufficient development of the technology, according to Stipper, real drones will go into use no earlier than 2025. However, even by that period they will not be very common. The first to introduce unmanned systems are likely to be commercial carriers and ride-hiring services.
True, it is not known how much Bosch has advanced in its own research, and whether it managed to develop a truly full-fledged autopilot.
It should be noted that in 2018, the corporation demonstrated the concept of an unmanned electric shuttle. For orientation in space, the car uses radars, ultrasonic sensors and software based on high-precision maps. According to assumptions, already in the current year 2 million such cars will go on the road.
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