Steel mill says it’s working on self-driving cars
The world’s biggest steel mill says that it is working on autonomous vehicles that can run on their own.
The 1.6 million tonsteel mill in Switzerland said that it has “a very good understanding of self-drive and autonomous vehicles”, but has “very much to do with safety and reliability” in order to ensure that it can build a self-powered car.
Steel mill CEO Stephan Fuchs said that the technology is “really exciting”, but that it will take a long time before it becomes a reality.
“It’s not something that we could just build on our own, it’s a matter of designing and creating the right hardware and software for this technology,” he told the Reuters news agency.
“The hardware and the software is really important.
That’s why we have a partnership with a major German automaker.”
The Swiss steel company has built a series of autonomous vehicle prototypes in the past, but has yet to take full-scale driverless cars to market.
The first prototypes were tested in 2015, but the company’s CEO said that he was unsure whether the technology would work on real-world roads.
Fuchs said the company has already started working on an autonomous vehicle, and that it could be ready to launch in 2021.
“If everything goes well, we could have the first cars by 2022,” he said.
“I think it would be a very exciting time for the steel industry.”
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