TOKYO (Bloomberg) -- The technology to make cars fully autonomous probably won’t be established until at least 2030, according to Denso, Toyota's largest supplier.
The auto industry will take intermediate steps toward that future, first with safety systems that can prevent or mitigate crashes, Koji Arima, president of Denso, said in an interview. The supplier will debut its first such system later this year with the automaker.
Denso’s assessment of the prospects for self-driving cars is less optimistic than companies including Google Inc. and Ford Motor Co., which have predicted them hitting roads by 2020. Ford said today it was moving its autonomous vehicle r&d to a more advanced stage.
For now, Denso is playing a role in semi-autonomous cars by supplying radar and image sensors first to Toyota, then potentially other automakers as early as next year, Arima said.
Toyota has said the “Safety Sense P” system that Denso helped develop will alert drivers before they collide with a car or pedestrian. The system either provides additional braking force or automatically reduces the vehicle’s speed if the driver fails to brake.