As I noted in the thread on self driving cars/trucks - follow the money. DARPA and the US military is very motivated and the manufacturers who get there first will be rewarded. Regardless of whether the tech is the best fit for the consumer market. There will be collateral benefits for consumers, as usual, but it will take time.
I would agree on the military wanting driverless technology, but driverless technology does not require an electric powered vehicle.
The following is a real question and not rhetorical. Is there any car manufacturer what makes a profit on an all electric car, not hybrid, but all electric? And second, is there any car manufacturer that makes a profit on an all electric car without federal and state electric car rebates and ZEV credits?