TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.—Auto makers are finding the pursuit of fully autonomous Level 5 self-driving vehicles to be more expensive and technically complex than expected, Farid Khairallah, portfolio director of safety domain control units for German supplier ZF, said Aug. 6 at the 2019 CAR Management Briefing Seminars.
Speaking of the industry's road ahead, Khairallah told an audience, "The perception in the industry was, a couple of years ago, that it is paved with gold. But now the industry is ... looking at it from a more sober, practical point of view. It's not that easy to go there.
"The whole industry is rethinking their strategies and what they want to do with this," Khairallah said.
Level 5 vehicles are fully autonomous with no pedals or steering wheel.He said Level 2 self-driving technology, in which the vehicle can steer and stop itself but requires a driver to be seated behind the steering wheel, is more achievable for most auto makers.