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China stakes its claim in the self-driving race for success

By Gaurav Agnihotri

Self-driving car sales are expected to hit 21 million by 2035. No surprise then that both traditional car makers and leading technology companies are vying to be the first to release a fully autonomous vehicle

Between 2009 and 2015, Google spent at least $1.1 billion developing technology to power self-driving cars. In December 2017 a patent application published by Apple revealed details of its autonomous vehicle research – labelled by CEO Tim Cook as “the mother of all AI projects” – while in March 2018 Japanese automotive company Toyota announced that it was teaming up with Aisin Seiki Co and Denso Corporation, in an attempt to fast-track its own fleet of self-driving vehicles. The soon-to-be-formed Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development will create “fully-integrated, production-quality software for automated driving”.

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