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Google wants to see autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020

Google hopes to see autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020.

Published Wed, Mar 18 2015 10:10 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Google has an ambitious goal of autonomous vehicles being on the road by 2020, though some have wondered if such an aggressive timeframe is possible. Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving car project at Google, has an 11-year-old son - and doesn't want his son to have to take a driving test.

Google wants to see autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020 |

Automakers are rolling out semi-autonomous features into newer vehicles, trying to win over consumers slowly but surely. However, Google's offering is fully autonomous and doesn't have a steering wheel or traditional automobile controls. It could take a bit more time for the Silicon Valley tech giant to finalize its vehicle, while US laws will also need to catch up, though it appears autonomous vehicles could be here sooner rather than later.

Autonomous vehicle supporters hope self-driving cars are able to reduce injuries and deaths caused by auto accidents. "Some 1.2 million people are killed on the roads around the world each year," Urmson said. "That number is equivalent to a jet falling out of the sky every day."


An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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