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Google X's self-driving car currently has a top speed of 25 mph

Google previous efforts in the self-driving car realm have involved retrofitting existing manufactures’ vehicles. For example, Google currently maintains a self-driving fleet that includes vehicles like the Lexus RX 450h and the Toyota Prius.
However, Google’s latest self-driving car comes from its own skunkworks group: Google X. Google X, which previously developed smart contact lenses that monitor glucose levels for diabetics, is headed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

The early electric vehicle (EV) prototypes have a top speed of 25 mph, don’t have a steering wheel, and reminds us of a full-size “Cozy Coupe.” The interior basically consists of two seats, two seat belts, a display screen that shows the preprogrammed destination, and not much else. But of course, this is just the early prototype stage to test the viability of such a vehicle; so future variants will definitely spruce things up a bit.

Google’s hope for the future is to take humans completely out of the equation when it comes to traffic accidents. According to Google, 1.2 million people die worldwide from traffic accidents involving motor vehicles. Of those, 90 percent are caused by human error.

Sources: Official Google Blog, Google+

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RE: Decisions for fanboys....
By MozeeToby on 5/28/2014 1:48:28 PM , Rating: 3
Self-driving cars wont "inevitably" take away our freedoms, unless we're stupid enough to allow that to happen.
Imagine this: Instead of a freeway you have a 60 feet wide strip of unmarked concrete. Virtual lanes moving in either direction are created and removed seamlessly as traffic flows in one way or the other. Cars tailgate within inches of each other to reduce drag, communicating hundreds of times a second to adjust speed and separation. No one cuts across lanes to make their exit at the last minute because every car knows where it's exit is and asks nicely for the other cars to make room on it's way over. Speeds limits are set on the fly based on weather and traffic to anything from as fast as freeways operate today up to terrifyingly fast by today's standards.

Now imagine you get off your exit and slow to a crawl (gah! 55mph? Seriously?). And have to wait at stop signs and stop lights (why can't we just sync up traffic at full speed like they do on the autoway!?)And then you get rear ended by some dumbass on his cell (What kind of idiot still uses a cell phone instead of a neural interface anyway?). How long do you think it will take people to demand all those "idiots" take their manual cars to the race track if they really want to drive; after all, the roads are for traveling, not enjoyment and driving on manual is (by this point in future history) proven to be far more dangerous than on auto.

RE: Decisions for fanboys....
By Spuke on 5/28/2014 4:51:44 PM , Rating: 2
the roads are for traveling, not enjoyment
Where exactly does "it" say this?

RE: Decisions for fanboys....
By Reclaimer77 on 5/28/14, Rating: -1
RE: Decisions for fanboys....
By degobah77 on 5/28/2014 5:12:47 PM , Rating: 2
after all, the roads are for traveling, not enjoyment

Take the enjoyment of driving away and you take away tons of money in a massive market and tons of jobs with it.

The only way I can see automatic self-driving cars being successful is if they still allow for some fun on the roads. Let me have driving style presets and maneuvers such as;

A. Drive-style = Zippy and Spirited.
B. Ok, now take it easy, I'm trying to sip my coffee.
C. Back to Zippy please.
D. Take this corner aggressively (+1 factory preset tire squeal algorithm)

Of course I'm not doing any of the driving here, so the computer can calculate all the driving for me with complete precision as to pull it off and not get into accident. We can have total computer controlled accident-free chaos on the roads...

Still not as fun as driving yourself...

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