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News, Analysis & Perspective on Autonomous Vehicles

Where are the self-driving cars?

Tech giants and automakers were falling over each other to announce their self-driving vehicle plans a few years back. All of the FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google (now Alphabet)) minus Netflix, were interested in self-driving cars. As if to not leave Netflix behind, Volvo announced plans to have Netflix in driverless cars. Investors were giddy with possible returns. Social media was buzzing with astonishing claims. Startups sprouted all over the world touting various benefits of an unproven tech. Nearly all of them envisioned driverless cars plying streets by 2020. Uber and Lyft were (and still are) banking on self-driving taxis to finally see a profit.

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