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 |  Nov 12 2012, 12:02 PM

Google's Driverless Car

Like it or not, autonomous cars are the future. Self-guided vehicles may seem like a pie-in-the-sky idea right now but they’re in the fast lane and will arrive before you know it.

Many automakers already offer different technologies that are stepping stones on the path to full autonomy. Things like adaptive cruise control and automatic braking are a glimpse of the future.

Self-driving cars promise to save time by preventing crashes and subsequent traffic backups; they can also reduce fuel consumption by following the most efficient route to a destination. Another feather in their computerized cap is that they can give seniors and the disabled more independence.

The idea shows lots of promise. Working outside of its wheelhouse, technology giant Google is surprisingly at the forefront of this vehicular revolution.

The Silicon Valley-based outfit has been developing its own driverless car for a few years now. Its team outfitted a Toyota Prius with a battery of video cameras, radar equipment and other sensors to great effect. So far they’ve racked up hundreds of thousands of autonomous miles with no crashes.

While their impact has not been felt yet, autonomous vehicles will be a game changer in the 21st century.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kostas.kritsilas.1 Kostas Kritsilas

    The Veyron was included as one of the 10 most important cars? I don’t understand that. It is such a limited production vehicle, and the technologies used in it are nowhere near usable on any other vehicle. If you want an important sports car that has had significant influence on the cars of today, how about the Lamborghini Muira, the first mid-engined volume production car? Its influence can be seen in cars from any number of manufacturers from Ferrari (many), Audi (R8), Pontiac (Fiero), Ford (Pantera and GT40), almost all Lamborghinis since the Muira), Maserati (Bora and Merak), and on and on. The Veyron itself uses the same layout.

    Kostas

  • Urbanwheelman

    How can the title have the most obvious of spelling errors. Importat?  Tsk. Tsk.

  • Rod

    “The Bugatti Veyron is none of this…”
    Yeah, and it’s damn ugly, too.

  • Guest

    Most disappointing list ever.

  • prius04

    The $250 price you quote for the Model T has no context.   In 1927 the average weekly wage was $30 a week or so.  Thus it took about 8 weeks to afford the car.  Today the average weekly wage is about $800 so after 8 weeks you would have about $6500.  This shows it would still be quite cheap but you would have better context.

  • Calvin_guest

    Worst list of anything that Ive ever seen ever. die. die slowly.

  • Op Industries_1

    How did the Volvo 240 “brick” not make this list??

  • Mick

    To add to the Airflow’s importance, the first car Toyota ever made was basically a copy of the Chrysler: the Toyota AA.