For the sixth consecutive year, the Road to the World CarAwards made its annual stop in California in November for the “2020 L.A. Test Drives.”
The journey, which began in Frankfurt on September 10, 2019, follows 86 international automotive journalists who make-up the jury panel for the World Car Awards (WCA) as they test-drive and vote for the "Top Three in the World" finalists as well as the overall winners.
This year’s journey will end at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 when the winners are declared during an awards ceremony that officially opens the show.
The "L.A. Test Drives" were hosted by ZF, which gave the participating journalists a glimpse into the future of autonomous driving from a supplier's perspective, including a realistic sense of the costs and timelines involved. According to Aaron Jefferson, Vice President of Product Strategy, ZF Global Electronics, full Level 4/5 autonomy is likely to be achieved first in commercial applications and defined areas, while private passenger vehicles continue the evolution of Level 2+ systems.
More than half the juror panel – 47 jurors in all, from 13 countries – took part in the intensive four-day program, test-driving 24 cars that are contenders in five different categories for the 2020 World Car Awards.
The “L.A. Test Drives” enable WCA’s international jurors to evaluate cars that may not be available in their home markets on an ideal testbed of American roads from a base in historic Pasadena. Driving routes included both urban and rural roads, a stretch of multi-lane interstate and a section of the epic and iconic Angeles Crest Highway. This twisty and mountainous series of switchbacks and turns is a real test for even the best-handling cars. And it makes for some incredible photo opportunities as well.
Long-time WCA juror Charlie Turner, Editor in Chief, BBC TopGear commented: “It was a truly fabulous event and one that allowed incredible access to a vast array of vehicles in an incredibly efficient and productive manner. It also had the benefit of being located in one of my favourite parts of the world and with roads to die for…”
Next stop? Geneva: where the World Car Awards will announce the "Top Three in the World" finalists as well as the 2020 World Car Person of the Year on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
The World Car Awards is the number one awards program of its type globally for the seventh consecutive year as reported in Prime Research's independent media report released earlier this year.
THE ROAD TO 2020 WORLD CAR AWARDS:
BEGAN IN FRANKFURT SEPTEMBER 10, 2019.
WILL END AT THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW ON APRIL 8, 2020.
FOLLOW OUR 80+ INTERNATIONAL JURORS :
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