"It's interesting, if you asked me this three years ago, I would have said maybe 20, 25" years, Swan told FOX Business' Jack Otter on "Barron's Roundtable." "Today, I would say maybe closer to 2030."
And what contributed to his increased optimism in the industry?
"I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the amount of technology innovation that our teams have been able to deploy in cars over the course of the last couple of months," Swan said.
Swan admits, however, that no one really knows when that day will come, but when it does come, "it will be here fast," Swan said. Swan said Intel is well-positioned to bring the technology necessary to autonomous vehicles.
Beyond his company's stake in the game, Swan is hopeful autonomous cars can "make the roads safer over time."