Americans’ enthusiasm for cars is now rivaled by their eagerness to automate them. Europeans are plugging away on new pilot projects, but the US has raced ahead with more self-driving pilots than any other country.
Sven Beiker, a former BMW engineer who now runs the consulting firm Silicon Valley Mobility, analyzed data on autonomous vehicle pilots around the world. There are 24 pilots in the US and 50 others from Europe to Australia, according to data from the Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies. “We’ll see many more pilots next year and get from pilots to actual products and services,” said Beiker.