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 |  Apr 28 2014, 9:02 PM

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Whether you like it or not, self-driving cars are coming. 

Google released a video of its latest progress toward autonomous vehicles as the company continues with perfecting the technology in city driving environments. “We still have lots of problems to solve,” Chris Urmson, director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project, wrote in the technology company’s official blog. “But thousands of situations on city streets that would have stumped us two years ago can now be navigated autonomously.”

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Several automakers are focusing on self-driving cars. For example, Nissan promises to have an affordable autonomous vehicle by 2020.

“We’ve logged thousands of miles on the streets of our hometown of Mountain View, California. A mile of city driving is much more complex than a mile of freeway driving, with hundreds of different objects moving according to different rules of the road in a small area,” Urmson wrote.

We’ve improved our software so it can detect hundreds of distinct objects simultaneously—pedestrians, buses, a stop sign held up by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making gestures that indicate a possible turn. A self-driving vehicle can pay attention to all of these things in a way that a human physically can’t — and it never gets tired or distracted.”

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  • Honest Opinion Troll

    Good. We are just getting closer and closer all the time, and who better to take us there then the “do no evil” tech giant El Goog. Anyone who’s main concern with Autonomous driving cars is that they are “unsafe” and “unreliable” or “unpredictable” needs to take a look at the current “drivers”. I say that because I feel most people are barley driving with their eyes, let alone correctly. Between the cell phones, other distractions (food, people), in-ability to use mandatory features of the vehicle, and new drivers ignorance to how destructive and dangerous a 3000 lbs car really is, obviously the real danger is controlling the “metal death machine” across from you texting their bff on their iPhone. The sooner (reliable) autonomous vehicles are available to the public the sooner we can (partially) solve careless, drunk and reckless driving, as far as everyday driving goes.

  • Bruce

    Passivity vs primary engagement. Is life an observers paradigm? I’m sure an automated canoe would be much safer and more comfortable than one piloted by unpredictable humans. Bicycles and motorbikes; way too dangerous to allow on the road if not fully automated.

    Yes, let’s make life completely risk free (a false promise) and completely boring. Put on your VR gear and quietly slip into the Matrix. Nothing to see here folks. Just move along.

  • Honest Opinion Troll

    Driving doesn’t having to be boring, and taking the risk out of driving is hardly comparable to taking the risk out of life. Your idea of risk should not be driving on city streets in traffic drunk,stoned,on your cell phone, or so full of teenage hormones you can’t keep your heavy foot off the accelerator. Not to mention you’re idea of autonomous driving is “never being human controlled” and I can assure your closed mind that this will not be the case.You want to drive fast? Grab a helmet and head to your nearest motor speedway. However you were correct on one thing, making life risk free is a false promise, if you read the article within this article (kind of hard to miss) you would realize even the companies developing the autonomous technology know its not without its risk and dangers. Not to mention no where did I nor either articles mentioned that Autonomous cars would completely take over public roadways.

    Now let’s shift this to the other side of the spectrum, instead of young ignorant teenagers and young adults, what about seniors who are at the point or close to the point of having their licenses removed due to the effects of old age, the inability to see objects on the road, or their ability to make critical decisions. I’m sure even you Bruce can agree a 90-year-old man or women who can no longer tell the color of the stop lights or see the lines on the road should not be driving, but does that mean he/she doesn’t deserve to get around without having to pay a chauffeur a yearly salary? Of course not! Stop thinking about yourself and your pre-pubescent dreams of taking your 350 Vette 200km/h down the highway (which would still be possible) and see how something like this is helpful to the ENTIRE POPULATION and still allows you to be the 19 year old speed punk you once were.

    Also, there is nothing dangerous about a bicycle in comparison to a vehicle (go ahead I’ll let you run into my car on a bike), not to mention you ask any motorcycle rider, including myself, the motorcycle is definitely not the dangerous aspect of the road, but the other (careless) drivers on the road distracted or speeding.

    Oh, I almost forgot to mention your absurd relation between a vehicle and a canoe; like really? I hope you have never been part of or heard of a 72 canoe pile up, cause unless you have you cannot compare a canoe to a vehicle, not to mention I’m pretty sure (but not 100% /s) that there isn’t 1 Billion canoes insured to be brought on the water.

    So now instead of Passivity vs primary engagement, which is kind of an outrageous comment in an article like this since we know cars will not be full autonomous, we are looking at amount of lives and money to be saved V what Bruce thinks, which I guess is a full blown Keanu Reeves remake of the matrix just because cars can be programmed to navigate the road without input for both a person’s luxury and safety? But just to be sure when you reach the bottom of this comment you won’t forget..

    CARS ARE NOT GOING TO BE FULLY AUTONOMOUS.

    And even if (which really means when) the government pushes for fully autonomous cars on pubic road (which has my vote 100%), you will still have Nascar, F1, and any other racing organization which is built on speed, risk, adrenaline and above all others, safety.

  • will wipperdink

    I am sure they will be here in 15 years for the masses
    until then most can’t afford it