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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 bah12 on 5/28/2014 3:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
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it becomes criminally negligent to skirt those safety measures in the case of an accident.

Gotta love the way you Liberals frame everything in your arguments.
Look at it from a different perspective. For most of my life if you got rear ended the person hitting you was at fault. Now with in cab monitors if you cut off an 18 wheeler and hard brake causing him to hit you, given the computer data we have today it is likely he'd have a solid defense.

Once technology is accepted, it becomes harder to create a case of your word against mine. If my goolge car can recreate the data that led to a scenario that a human driver broke the accepted algorithm, then it becomes far harder to blame an accident on the regulated device. "But but I swear your honor I didn't cut him off" is a much harder position to defend legally, because in comes a pile of data saying otherwise.

So I agree they won't mandate it, but they will make driving a normal car so cost prohibitive that they won't have to. Although I agree probably not in our lives.


RE: Decisions for fanboys....
By bah12 on 5/28/2014 3:45:22 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and by cost prohibitive, I don't necessarily mean more expensive. It could be that the savings in time/cost of ownership/fuel would be so much cheaper that a normal car may not cost any more than now, but the alternative method would be to attractive to dismiss.

Take the horse and buggy. Once cars got cheap enough and the infrastructure matured, owning a horse and buggy became cost prohibitive in time, feed, training, and overall effort.


RE: Decisions for fanboys....
By Spuke on 5/28/2014 4:50:09 PM , Rating: 2
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So I agree they won't mandate it, but they will make driving a normal car so cost prohibitive that they won't have to.
No.


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