Driverless cars at least a decade away, says Uber boss

Staff writer
Tetsuya Lijima from Nissan giving a demonstration around the roads of east London of a prototype Nissan Leaf driverless car.
Tetsuya Lijima from Nissan giving a demonstration around the roads of east London of a prototype Nissan Leaf driverless car.

Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of taxi firm Uber, has predicted that driverless cars are at least 10 years away, despite technology moving at a rapid pace. The ride-hailing app, which is currently facing legal claims regarding its classification as a taxi service, has sunk millions into developing autonomous vehicles.

Speaking at a tech conference in Munich, Germany, Khosrowshahi said he expected a wait of 10-15 years for 'fully autonomous' cars. He blamed the need for millimetre-perfect mapping of cities, as well as the high cost of the sophisticated sensors necessary for safe, driverless vehicles.

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