It's beginning to seem like a foregone conclusion: 25 years from now the roads will be filled with millions of self-driving cars, as automakers and legislators aim to cut back on congestion and accidents.
Gary Silberg, who forecasts future trends in the auto industry for consulting firm KPMG, estimates close to half of all new vehicles sold in 2039 will offer the option of fully autonomous driving. Navigant Research forecasts 94.7 million vehicles with self-driving capabilities will be sold annually around the world by 2035.
Bob Lutz, former vice chairman at General Motors, said that most vehicles will be autonomous, taking the concept one step further.
According to Lutz, in 25 years most vehicles will be nondescript people carriers that chauffeur passengers on high-speed freeways, where inductive electric lines in the pavement recharge the module as they zip along. (See an animation of his vision below.)