Aptiv CTO calls 2021 ‘overly aggressive’ for AV debuts

Targets by automakers such as Volvo Cars, Audi, Hyundai and Ford Motor to have Level 4 autonomous cars on the road by 2021 are very optimistic, Aptiv Chief Technology Officer Glen De Vos told Automotive News Europe.

“People that are making claims around 2021 are being a little bit overly aggressive,” De Vos said during a test drive of Aptiv’s Level 4-capable BMW 5 series at the CES here on Sunday.

“The reason we’re not concerned about the first wave of deployments is because they are going to be somewhat limited in terms of what they can do and their service areas,” De Vos said. “We want to be on a good vector to launch with our partners by 2022.”