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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 1:51:23 PM , Rating: 2
The real fun with autonomous cars starts when you can rewrite the laws of the road on the fly to account for current conditions. There are many, many efficiencies to be gained (both in terms of time and fuel economy) if every detail can be planned and analyzed a thousand times a second by a supercomputer with near omniscience (compared to a human driver anyway).


RE: Decisions for fanboys....
By Nightbird321 on 5/28/2014 11:40:14 PM , Rating: 2
I personally would just like to sleep on the way to work and back thank you very much. I'll take 1 automated car with full reclining seats. The computer can crawl at 5mph on our crumbling roads.


RE: Decisions for fanboys....
By ven1ger on 5/29/2014 2:56:08 PM , Rating: 2
Automated cars would be useful in other ways, gridlock may actually be eased if automated cars become the norm. Automated cars may prevent the high number of deaths and injury from auto accidents.

Also, the benefits of automated cars are not just for able drivers, but even the disabled (blind, amputees, etc) could easily get into an automated car and just give the instructions to the car, and get to their destination.


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