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Evaluating David Silver’s 2021 Self-Driving Automotive Predictions | by David Silver | Self-Driving Vehicles


Most years (with some exceptions) I forecast predictions in January about what the approaching twelve months will carry for self-driving vehicles. On the finish of the yr, I consider these predictions.

My predictions from January 2020 held up very properly at excessive confidence ranges, after which fell aside at low confidence ranges. Specifically, I wildly overestimated progress on driverless supply and on worldwide autonomy.

✔ No Degree 5 self-driving vehicles will likely be deployed anyplace on the earth.

✔ Degree 4 driverless automobiles, and not using a security operator, will stay publicly obtainable, someplace on the earth.
✔ No “self-driving-only” public street will exist within the U.S.
✔ Tesla will stay the business chief in Superior Driver Help Programs. [DS — I don’t have a good objective source of truth for this. Arguably GM Super Cruise or Comma AI have surpassed Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta. But Telsa FSD Beta still seems to me like the standard again which everyone else compares themselves.]
✔ An autonomy firm will likely be acquired for not less than $100 million. [ DS — A whole bunch of lidar companies were “acquired” by SPACs in 2021. That is not what I had in mind when I made this prediction, but I guess it counts.]
✔ Degree 4 autonomous automobiles, with or and not using a security operator, will stay publicly obtainable in China.

✔ C++ will stay the dominant programming language for autonomous automobiles.
✔ A lidar-equipped car will likely be obtainable on the market to most of the people. [DS — Some have been announced, but I don’t think any are actually for sale yet. Maybe outside the US?] [Update: Audi A8]
✔ My mother and father won’t trip in an autonomous car (besides at Voyage or anyplace else I’d work).
✔ Tesla won’t launch a robotaxi service.
✘ Absolutely driverless low-speed automobiles will transport prospects (not essentially most of the people).

✔ Waymo will broaden its public driverless transportation service past Phoenix. [DS — I count Waymo’s free transportation of pre-screened beta customers in San Francisco. Although this is not what I envisioned when I made the prediction.]
✘ A Chinese language firm will provide self-driving service, with or and not using a security operator, to the general public, outdoors of China.
✔ A self-driving Class 8 truck will make a totally driverless journey on a public freeway. [DS — TuSimple just barely slid under the wire!]
✔ Aerial drone supply will likely be obtainable to most of the people someplace. [DS — I think the Zipline-Walmart partnership counts.]
✔ Tesla will stay the world’s most respected automaker.

✘ Absolutely driverless grocery supply will likely be obtainable someplace within the US.
✘ Tesla Full-Self Driving will provide Degree 3 (driver consideration not vital till requested by the car) performance someplace on the earth.
✘ A member of the general public will die in a collision involving a Degree 4 autonomous car (together with if the autonomous car isn’t at-fault).
✘ An organization moreover Waymo will provide driverless service to most of the people, someplace within the US.
✘ An organization will deploy driverless automobiles for last-mile supply.

✘ Degree 4 self-driving, with or and not using a security operator, will likely be obtainable to the general public someplace in Europe.
✘ A Degree 3 car will likely be supplied on the market to the general public, by an organization aside from Tesla.
✘ The US requires driver-monitoring methods in new automobiles.
✘ The business coalesces round a security normal for driverless automobiles.
✘ Self-driving service will likely be obtainable to most of the people, with or and not using a security operator, in India.

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