Demand for autonomous cars is speeding up

In light of the insight report shared by Statista Mobility Market, demand for non-autonomous, or as some would say, “manual,” or “Semi Automatic” cars are going down. The global production of cars without driver assistance systems is decreasing with every passing year.

8 years ago, in 2015, non-autonomous vehicles were leading the chart, with almost 51.4% of the registered cars falling under the non-autonomous category. Five years later, the demand came down to 14.4 percent as autonomous cars started to take over.

According to the standards of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a U.S.-based association, cars fall into six different categories based on their autonomous capabilities. Starting with level 0, which includes cars having no autonomous system at all, until level 5, which includes a highly autonomous system, level 4 and level 5 cars are yet to come. It is expected that by 2025, level 4 cars will make their debut. Self-driving cars such as Tesla, which is a level 3 car, can make anyone wonder what level 4 and 5 cars will offer.

People driving cars at autonomous levels 1 or 2 can never take their eyes off the road. While their car’s system can assist them in certain areas, such as steering or applying the brakes, the car itself would require the driver’s concentration. Whereas level 3 cars can offer autopilot, the feature is time-limited, and the driver would later take over upon the system’s prior notice.

According to Statista’s share evaluation chart from 2015 through 2025, level 0 dominated the market in 2015 and went down to 14.4 percent in 2020. And by 2025, the figures are expected to go further down, to 1.6 percent. Levels 1 and 2 took the lead in 2020, going from 37 percent and 11.7 percent in 2015 to 55.7 percent and 29.9 percent, respectively, in 2020. Their projection for 2025 predicts that both of these levels will keep their dominance, whereas level 3 cars will have a share of 0.7 percent.

It can be expected that level 3 cars will take over other levels in the future, with technology getting more advanced with every passing year.

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