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While many industry experts, executives, analysts and technology companies forecast the next big auto industry revolution is right at our doorstep – in the form of autonomous vehicles, some skeptics remain.

The optimists among car executives say the solution would be able to provide the highest level of luxury and safety – seeing that around 90 percent of the world’s accidents have human error as the root cause. Others still wonder if taking away one of the most enjoyable tasks – driving a car – is actually a smart thing to do. So far, all agree the technology is inevitable and will make its foray into everyday life sooner than later. The primary question – which is the exact date? The bullish proponents, such as Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche, Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg and Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk are among the ones believeing we’re about a decade away from seeing fully self-driving cars become commercially viable.

According to a forecast by the Boston Consulting Group, the segment will need at least another decade – from 2035 – to fill in around 25 percent of the global auto sales, with the prediction pitting deliveries of around 18 million partially autonomous vehicles and another 12 million with fully-fledged self-driving features. According to the analysts at the firm, the quickest regions to adopt the new segment would be Western Europe and Japan – though again China will become the largest single market for driverless cars by 2035.

Via AUtomotive News Europe