Study Finds Driverless Cars Will Not Have Steering Wheels or Gas/Brake Pedals

The Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEEE) collected the opinions of over 200 researchers, professors, university students, government agencies, and IEEE members about the future of autonomous cars. The study focused on technology, geographic adoption, and features of self-driving cars.

The majority of respondents believe that by 2030, mass-produced cars will no longer have rearview mirrors, and emergency brakes; by 2035, gas and break pedals will be eliminated. Over three-quarters of the respondents say that all US states will have passed legislation allowing the use of driverless vehicles. When asked about the technology advances needed for driverless vehicles, over half of the respondents said that sensor technology is critical, followed by software, Advanced Driver Assistance, and GPS.

Read more about the other findings from the IEEE study on driverless vehicles. 

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