An Open Road for Driverless Cars

Sales of self-driving cars are set to soar once they start, some time in the next couple of years

Driverless cars are set to hit the road, first in the U.S. in the next couple of years and reaching 1 million in annual global sales by 2025, according to a new forecast from researcher IHS Markit. Fueled by the rise of ride-hailing, governments outlawing human-operated vehicles in big cities and a race to dominate the nascent sector by both tech giants and automakers, self-driving cars will surpass 33 million in yearly sales by 2040, the researcher predicts. “Mobility-as-a-service is a boon to autonomous driving, and it will help prove and improve the technologies,” said Jeremy Carlson, IHS Markit principal auto analyst.

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