Google and top automotive supplier Bosch plan to have driverless cars on the roads within five years it has emerged.
In a presentation this week at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress, Wolf-Henning Scheider, a member of Bosch's management board, described a four-stage timetable to introduce technology for autonomous driving.
Bosch is working with Google to develop driverless cars, with the company supplying electric motors and long-range radar.
Reports from the automotive press reveal that the plan is to have driverless vehicles capable of travelling up to 75 mph on the highway and remaining within its lane by 2017. By 2018, the vehicle would be able to change lanes with the driver's approval.
A highway pilot would be in place by 2020 that would see the vehicle manoeuvre itself while the motorist is prepared to take over if necessary. If the motorist were unable to do so, the car would pull over and stop.
A full pilot is tabled in for 2025, when the vehicle would drive itself from door to door without the motorist's intervention.