Sumitomo CEO: Future is now for autonomous vehicles

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina — Visionaries have dreamed of self-propelled vehicles since Leonardo da Vinci in 1478, according to Richard Smallwood, president and CEO of Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc.

Now, autonomous vehicles (AVs) are upon us, and it is still unclear whether they will mean a utopian or dystopian future for drivers, auto makers, tire manufacturers and tire retailers, Smallwood said 20 April in his keynote speech at the 33rd Clemson…

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