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Autonomous cars to make up vast majority of new cars sales in the near future, report reveals

Wednesday 21 September 2016, By Autovolo

Autonomous cars to make up vast majority of new cars sales in the near future, report reveals

Autonomous cars to make up vast majority of new cars sales in the near future, report reveals

Driverless cars will make up 50 per cent of all new car sales in 25 years’ time, according to a report published by South Korean car manufacturer Kia.

Revealed to showcase Kia’s 25th anniversary in the UK, the report titled ‘Transformation: The Future of Driving’, also points to a future in which even traditional cars will be sold with elements of autonomous technology incorporated into them.

Kia also predicts that more than 8 million ‘connected’ cars will be found travelling on UK roads. These will be able to communicate between one other, as well as their surroundings.

To be able to deal with this futuristic mode of transport, the report says that the road network infrastructure will undergo an overhaul, with designated lanes created for autonomous cars on motorways.

It is also predicted that these cars will be able to speak to the road under certain conditions, as well as monitoring the surface for potential hazards and delays. It may even be able to find potholes, too.

The report was commissioned with help from Dr Frank Shaw of the Kent-based Centre for Future Studies. Shaw has been called one of the 10 most influential thinkers in the world by Time Magazine.

He said: “The future of the car industry is an exciting one, as there will be a transformation from an industry built by mechanics to one that is largely driven by software developers.

“I am confident, however, that over the next 25 years, the industry and technology companies will deliver a safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly driving experience for everyone.”