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 8:16:19 PM
Not mad at all, it's just funny that some people spend so much energy blindly defending a company that releases so many second-rate products. If you were ever critical of them then I could take you a bit more seriously.
RE: Decisions for fanboys....
5/29/2014 8:34:07 PM
me? I think you take everything here too seriously. I'll tell you straight up I have 0 loyalty for Google or Android or any company. I use Android and I defend it because right now I honestly believe it is by far the best thing available. Not for everyone, but certainly for me. I will gladly drop Google and Android in a hot second as soon as something better comes along. And I will be happy to do that because that means I have something better than I have today. I also defend it when I see you saying incorrect things about it. I will continue to do that if you continue to say incorrect things about it. Sorry.
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