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Self-driving cars have been proclaimed as the solution to car accidents, removing the human risk factor from the equation, but those working on the technology say it won’t be perfect. Continue Reading…
Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, wants Google’s autonomous vehicles to be equipped with mandatory data recorders.
A car that drives itself might seem cool — until you realize it’s probably a Toyota Prius. What if you prefer something a more upscale automated chauffeur? It seems Google feels the same way by giving a Lexus RX450h the autonomous treatment.
The vehicle was spotted testing in Southern California and seems to be sporting a different sensor than some other autonomous vehicles Google used in the past. This unit seems smaller and a little more aerodynamic.
“In the course of our work, we experiment with testing our algorithms on various vehicles to help us improve our technology,” Google told Wired, essentially saying they’re progressing to a variety of vehicles.
Who knows when autonomous vehicles start making their way into dealerships, but a bill passed last week has made California a bit more friendly to self driving cars.
We all drool over the latest technologies, wait in line to buy them and show them off to our less fortunate friends. But a recent study shows that while we love them, we’re also frustrated when they crash and freeze. The study goes on to say that even though we’re frustrated, 49 percent of us would love to let a driverless car chauffeur us around.
According to a new Accenture survey that polled 2,000 British and American consumers, people are most interested in gadgets that do stuff automatically. These include smartphones, GPS systems, home appliances and vehicles. And if they’ll make your life easier, you’re willing to pay more for it.
Even though the survey largely concentrated its efforts in the electronics department and what people want in future models, it just goes to show you that people are really warming up to the idea of autonomous cars to get them around. But even though we’re more open to the idea, do you think the world is ready for the driverless car? We know that Google had pretty good results from their autonomous vehicle, but is the general public ready for this technology? Let us know in the comment section below.
We’ve also included the rest of the press release after the jump, so feel free to give it a read.
Did you ever see one of the Google street view cars? Was it driving itself?
We’re sure you would have done a double take if you saw a Toyota Prius with a funnel-like cylinder on the roof. This car is a project of Google – it’s been under wraps, yet at the same time in plain view. These vehicles can drive themselves by using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver.
The seven test cars always had someone behind the wheel to take control if something went wrong, as well as technician in the passenger seat to monitor the navigation system. They drove 1,000 miles without human intervention and more than 140,000 miles with only occasional human control. The only accident occurred when a Google car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light.
Engineers behind the cars believe these vehicles are much safer than those driven by humans. Robot drivers react faster than humans, have 360-degree perception and do not get distracted, sleepy or intoxicated. They also state that this technology could double the capacity of roads by allowing cars to drive more safely while closer together. And since the robot cars would be less likely to crash, they could be built lighter, reducing fuel consumption.
Unfortunately, these cars won’t be making their way into a dealership anytime soon, but it does provide the next step in the next generation of super smart cars.
It also might just mean that Google is sucking the fun out of driving.