>> Self-driving technology no longer just about a few cute prototype cars in Google's parking lot, or some scary test fleets tolling around city streets. And for all the New Age flash, its auto parts makers, not the sexiest corner of the car industry, that are gearing up fast for the self-driving future.
Reuters' auto correspondent, Paul Liner, was at the tech show in CES in Las Vegas, meeting with many of them.>> All the sudden there seems to be a gathering acceleration of interest and development in self driving technology. This is being moved along by a growing number of alliances and partnerships.
Partnerships between current companies and suppliers, between suppliers and start-ups.>> The hookup scene is so frantic that Toyota's head honcho for robotics calls it a hyper version of musical chairs, adding that the music is still playing. The frenzy is understandable.>> It's only been in the last 12 to 18 months that mobility on-demand and ride sharing has really pulled that time table forward significantly.
So now you're hearing dates are 2020, 2021. At a multitude of some of the constituents wanna have fully automated vehicles on the road, but it's an economics driven model now.>> That means the $8,000 kit that Delphi would sell any car maker is now an affordable option if you think of it as replacing the labor cost of a driver in an Uber or a Lyft.
No wonder Uber's been hitting the road with its own self-driving test fleet. Delphi says its kits will be ready in 2019. So what's it like today?>> Two years ago, when I first experienced the Delphi system, also in an Audi SQ5, I would liken that to the way my mom drove.
So this is far smoother, far more seamless and it looks like a real production vehicle rather than a test vehicle.>> That means you can't really see the clunky self-driving gadgets on the car as Delphi has managed to tuck it away. Some car makers like GM, Ford and Tesla may try to go it alone, but the parts makers won't stay invisible for long.