Some of the most innovative and successful carmakers have begun investing heavily on their own.
BMW, for instance, is investing in its own self-driving car, a project that has drawn criticism from some automakers.
But it is also working to develop a self-drive system for its fleet, and the company is also testing out autonomous vehicles on public roads.
The Wall St. Journal analyzed investment plans by auto makers, automakers and other tech companies that include Google, Tesla and SpaceX, and found that a broad swath of companies are exploring the use of automated systems to help drivers navigate the world.
“We’re getting very aggressive,” said Mark Lutz, a vice president at McKinsey & Co., a consulting firm.
Automakers are working to get a head start on autonomous driving, Lutz said.
Autonomous vehicles, which rely on human control and a computer to navigate, have been a top priority for automakers since the early 2000s.
The idea has been to have them at the wheel of an automobile by the time the driver is no longer needed.
The technology has made big advances in the past decade, and automakers are working hard to make autonomous vehicles safer, smarter and cheaper to operate.
While most automakers are focused on developing autonomous vehicles for their own fleets, some are also developing systems for other vehicles that could eventually make the vehicles more affordable and allow them to be used for commercial and public transportation.
Many companies are looking to commercialize the technology, which could allow for better transportation and reduce reliance on public transportation, and reduce emissions.
The goal is to eventually make autonomous cars available for use by ordinary people, said Daniel Coughlin, the CEO of Cruise Automation, a ride-sharing company.
“It is really a tipping point,” Coughlins said.
In addition to its own autonomous cars, Cruise is developing systems to allow for driverless trucks to travel at high speeds and take passengers by the seat, as well as to take the driver to and from airports.
Cruise recently won the contract to supply a fleet of driverless buses for the U.S. military.
It is also building an autonomous fleet for other cities that could be used in emergency situations.
“The idea is to be able to get to a point where you can have a human on the road for about 90 minutes and not be in a lot of pain,” said Andrew Brown, Cruise’s chief technology officer.
Cruise is testing its autonomous technology in its fleet of commercial vehicles, and is testing it in airports and on public streets.
Cruise has a fleet in Europe and is currently testing the systems in the U., where the company has a lease of the airspace that allows it to operate a fleet, Brown said.
Cruise’s fleet is already capable of travelling more than 100 miles on a charge, he said.
Some companies are building autonomous vehicles that can handle heavy-duty trucks and heavy-lifting machinery.
Uber is testing self-parking systems in trucks, for example, and has developed systems for cars that can use its vehicles to tow trailers, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Google is developing self-driven buses and trucks for the military and government, said David DeMarco, a spokesman for Google’s self-developed autonomous vehicle unit.
Google has also invested in a company that is developing autonomous driving systems for the trucking industry.
The company is in talks with other companies to develop similar systems for trucking, DeMarco said.
“In the long term, self-trucking will become an increasingly common use case for autonomous vehicles,” he said, noting that companies like Uber, Lyft and Otto are working on developing selfdrive systems for trucks.
“For a lot more of us, selfdriving is just the beginning,” said Stephen Dolan, an analyst at Wedbush Securities.
“This is an opportunity for all of us to see how autonomous vehicles work.”
Uber has said that it will start testing its self-controlled vehicles on highways by the end of the year.
In a statement, Uber said it would soon begin deploying the technology in test locations in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, and other U.A.E. cities.
The U.K.-based company has invested in self-operated vehicles in the last three years, said Dolan.
“These are systems that have never been put to the test before, and are going to be tested more frequently,” he added.
Google’s Dolan said that autonomous vehicles will not replace or replace the need for a driver.
“People are going on a journey with their eyes closed, so it’s a great time to be thinking about what’s happening in our world,” he told reporters last year.
But he acknowledged that the need to develop autonomous vehicles has become more urgent in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“As a society we have to deal with the challenges that we face, and these challenges require us to have more technology,” Dolan added