STUTTGART, Germany (NBC/EBU) - Carmakers and suppliers across the world are working on ways to make driving safer and more comfortable through automation, and the race is on to bring the technology to the mass market.
German automotive corporation Daimler plans to start selling a self-driving car by 2020.
The company is focusing on so-called highly automated driving in which cars master situations such as cruising through the streets or maneuvering through traffic jams while the driver relaxes.
The car would recognize difficult situations such as dealing with traffic lights or driving among pedestrians and cyclists, and hand control back to the person behind the wheel.
Daimler head of development said the company wants to be the first to launch autonomous functions in production cars and is confident it will be accomplished this decade.
Daimler is battling to regain the top spot in the luxury car market from German rival BMW.
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