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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 Mint on 5/30/2014 1:02:44 PM , Rating: 1
Cost has always been an issue for safety.

Fire suppression hardware to cover an entire house is very expensive, and the dangers amount to ~$7.2B in damage and 2600 deaths per year:
http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/research/nfpa%20...
Furthermore, fire suppression can only mitigate costs of fire, not actively prevent them.

Driving accidents, OTOH, account for $277B in damage, 30,000+ deaths and millions of injuries per year. Total economic cost is $871B/yr:
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812013.pdf

Divide that per car, then multiply by lifetime, and you're looking at $50k+ without even considering loss of life. The raw hardware already costs a fraction of that.

You're gonna have to come up with a better comparison than fire suppression to downplay the potential safety impact of automated driving.


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