Google Develops Its Own Self-Driving Car; No Driver or Steering Wheel Required
May 28, 2014 8:56 AM
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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, 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 “
.” 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.
Official Google Blog
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RE: Decisions for fanboys....
5/29/2014 10:40:12 AM
"And you people think self-driving technology is going to be rushed into the market? I mean, open your eyes and take a look at how things work please."
YOu may be right... Or at least not until your are really old. Here is what will happen. You know those scammers that cause accidents in order to collect on insurance... One of them will seek out a self driving car for a new payday, ram into it and sue Google for several hundred million and it will set the whole process back years while the legal permutations are all played out in court.
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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