Level 4 AVs May Be Here in the Next Couple of Years
Jan. 7, 2022—Depending on who you ask, it seems high-level autonomous vehicles could reach commercial markets much sooner than expected.
During a panel discussion during this year's Consumer Electronics Show, several high-ranking executives with tech companies such as Robert Brown of Spartan Radar said they expect higher levels of automation to really take hold in the mainstream within the next two or three years.
“I am very confident in the companies like Spartan and others that sell into Level 4 technology and where our road map is, I really do see in the 2024 and 2025 production year that technology will take hold,” Brown said per a report from Transport Topics.
Level 4 autonomy, according to JD Power, doesn't require any human interaction with a vehicle for the vehicle to operate as intended. Though a "driver" still has the option to manually override most systems in a Level 4 vehicle, that vehicle hypothetically would not need a steering wheel or pedals since it is programmed to stop itself should a system fail at any point.
Brown added during the discussion that just because he predicts Level 4 autonomy will hit the mainstream in the next couple of years, that doesn't mean there will be a sudden and complete change to how AVs are programmed.
Adoption will still be gradual, but Brown says there will come a point -- and soon -- where higher-level autonomy will not only become feasible but practical as well.
“The explosion and enablement of Level 4 automation will truly change how goods and eventually people are moved,” Brown said. “It is an incredibly exciting time to be at that tipping point where you have billions of dollars and OEMs partnering with startups to deliver this.”