Emerging Technology: Google Self Driving Cars
Today Google Inc., reported that they have completed 300,000 miles of testing of their self-driving cars without incident. Google initially announced their plan to create a self-driving car in a blog post in 201o.
Our automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which we collect using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. This is all made possible by Google’s data centers, which can process the enormous amounts of information gathered by our cars when mapping their terrain.
It’s now 2 years later and the project has met with considerable success.
Our vehicles, of which about a dozen are on the road at any given time, have now completed more than 300,000 miles of testing. They’ve covered a wide range of traffic conditions, and there hasn’t been a single accident under computer control.
Google has proven yet again that they are not just a search giant, but an true innovator. What the future holds for Google’s self-driving car technology is unclear. Perhaps there is a Google-only lane coming soon to your local highway. Stay tuned for a more detailed look at this technology.