Detroit — If you had any reservations about the future of autonomous driving, then now is your chance to toss those doubts out the window of your personal vehicle.
The wheels of autonomy are turning, and the building blocks for the technology enabling it have been stacked by auto supplier powerhouses like Magna International Inc.
As Swamy Kotagiri, Magna's chief technology officer and president of its electronics division, told journalists during a Jan. 15 presentation at the North American International Auto Show, the question of autonomous driving is not if, but when and to what extent.
"Full autonomy is coming," Kotagiri forewarned.
Magna, a $36 billion enterprise with more than 163,000 employees in 328 facilities across 29 countries, is in a relatively stable position to assist automakers with their visions of future mobility.
"From Audi to VW, we touch every automaker in the world," Paul Spadafora, global vice president of product development for Magna's exteriors division, said Jan. 16 during a discussion at the Plastics in Automotive conference in Detroit. "There's a good chance that whatever you drove in here today, we have some significant components on that."
He is probably right. From 2017-19, Magna is supporting 67 percent of global vehicle launches. The company, based in Aurora, Ontario, has 58 OEM customers.