It’s beginning to seem like a foregone conclusion: 25 years from now the roads will be filled with millions of self-driving cars, as automakers and legislators aim to cut back on congestion and accidents. Gary Silberg, who forecasts future trends in the auto industry for consulting firm KPMG, tells NBC that close to half of all new vehicles sold in 2039 will offer the option of fully autonomous driving. Bob Lutz, former vice chairman at General Motors, said that most vehicles will be autonomous, taking the concept one step further. According to Lutz, in 25 years most vehicles will be nondescript people carriers that chauffeur passengers on high-speed freeways, where inductive electric lines in the pavement recharge the module as they zip along. Click here for an animation of his vision. “People are spending hours that could be productive for society; they are spending it bogged down in traffic,” Lutz said. Several automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, Audi, General Motors, and Nissan, have shown prototypes of self-driving cars. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said his company will have an autonomous car on the road by the end of the decade. For more on self-driving vehicles, and how crowded our roads will be in 25 years, click here.
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