At one point, autonomous automobiles were predicted to be the next major trend in automotive technology. Major companies such as Tesla, Google and General Motors were said to have product plans in this area, and—overall—2019 was supposed to be the year of the driverless cars.

So as we approach the year 2020, what has temporarily stalled the concept of driverless cars?

Autonomous cars were said to be less accident prone than their conventional counterparts. Yet at this point, driverless cars have not been accident free. At this point, they are deemed safe for parking more so than for driving on the open road.

Driverless cars are being tested in a few communities, particularly on college campuses.

The related technology enables the car to be driven safely on closed courses like university campuses, where low speed driving is encouraged and car, pedestrian and cycle traffic is very light.

Autonomous technology is now geared toward enhancing the perception levels of the software so that information retrieved from a car’s motion sensors can be processed with speed. While the present reliability rate of these cars is estimated to be 80-85 percent, there still stands a 15 percent chance that a driverless car will suffer an accident, posing a severe danger to other drivers.

Nevertheless, plans and research continue to advance the concept of the driverless car; keeping this concept on the road and—cautiously, at least—full speed ahead.