The Cars of the Future: No Hands Needed

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Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Ryan Chilcote reports on the newest trend for automakers: self-driving cars. He speaks to Anna Edwards and Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television's "Countdown." (Source: Bloomberg)

Tell us a little bit about it.

One of the most striking trends to me was the idea of driverless cars.

I did not understand it was gaining that much ground.

The chairman rolled in one of the back seat of these driverless cars.

The same car in august made a 60 mile journey in the streets of germany.

I would love to know the back story there, what kinds of problems they ran into.

They say the car did it.

It went 60 miles, navigating through traffic, stopping for cyclists, all kinds of crazy stuff.

We all thought the electric car by the end of this decade would feature very prominently on life on the road.

That is not the case.

It may take decades.

Here, you have something that actually appears to have real traction.

He thinks the driverless cars will make up the bulk of cars in two decades.

I was entering the stage this morning, and there was no one in the front seat.

100 kilometers through normal traffic, country roads, cities, -- which we have.

Additional ones of the same kind.

Intelligence , some software, and this car did is job.

Driverless cars will make up 20% of cars on the road by when?

By the end of the decade, you will have the option of going driverless.

We are far ahead of the industry in that regard.

It is a novel idea our children may not need learn to drive.

Last they will be driven, not by us.

Just as far out is exactly how far this is already going integrating its way into conventional driven all -- driven cars.

A driverless car is sort of like cruise control taken a step further.

You can turn off the drive is -- driverless feature.

Even now, you could spend 2700 euros extra and you get the stop and go pilot, which, with six radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic detectors, will dry the car in slow motion traffic for you.

Kind of like you can already do with cruise control, but you run the danger there will be a red light and mash into it.

Think about what this does to the decision to buy one car over another.

You are not necessarily talking about the driver experience.

A bloomberg businessweek article the other week, they talk about how car companies are spending so much money trying to sell to young consumers.

It seems generates and -- generation y is rethinking whether they need cars and there is a different bracket eying the cars.

I actually put that question to him because i said, i live in london and an awful lot of young people under the age of 40, that i know, do not buy cars.

Maybe the car industry has not understood there is this paradigm shift.

He says, all of those people, when they get children, they will get cars.

Moreover, in the emerging world, it is like 50 years ago in the developing world.

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