Google’s Self-Driving Car of The Future
August 8, 2012 Leave a Comment
Google is at it again, and this time they have built a set of self-driving cars of the future. These self-driving cars have already gone over 300,000 miles without a single accident. The futuristic cars have driven themselves through a wide range of traffic conditions on their way to driving the equivalent of 12 round-the-world trips.
There is still a long road ahead until these cars flood the streets. Experts say that the cars could possibly be on the road in three to five years, but there is still plenty of work and testing to be done. The engineering lead for Google, Chris Urmson, said that “To provide the best experience we can, we’ll need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals, and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter.”
As a next step, members of the self-driving car team will soon start using the cars solo, rather than in pairs, for things like commuting to work. The hope is that the self-driving car will enable people to be more productive in their cars. After conducting demonstrations on the Las Vegas Strip and in Carson City, Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles said that the “car is as safe, or perhaps safer, than a human.” One of the ways the car is safer without a human driver is what the engineers call a “virtual buffer zone” around obstacles which makes the car more aware of its surroundings than an actual human counterpart.