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They may have to work together further down the road, though

Google and Detroit automakers just can't see eye-to-eye on the topic of autonomous vehicles, according to a recent report from Reuters
 
Google began meeting with Detroit automakers in 2012 with the intention of teaming up for autonomous vehicles. As it turns out, Google wanted to jump quickly and create a fully autonomous car while automakers felt a gradual rollout of autonomous features on existing cars would be a better idea.
 
There are arguments for both sides. On one hand, Google wants to release a revolutionary new product that utilizes its technologies and transforms the way people get around.
 
On the other hand, Detroit automakers fear that Google could run away with their business. Auto companies aren't quite sure if they should treat Google as a friend or foe. Interestingly, a study by KPMG last year found that American consumers would trust brands like Google and Apple for self-driving cars more than they would automakers.
 
Just last month, General Motor's Product Development chief Mark Reuss called Google's autonomous car a "threat." 
 
"Anybody can do anything with enough time and money," said Reuss. "If they set their mind to it, I have no doubt [that they will be] a very serious competitive threat.  [The car is] kind of cool [and looks sort of like a VW Beetle].
 
"[Automation is] going to be a creep, it’s not going to be a mind-bending thing.  I don’t think you’re going to see an autonomous vehicle take over the city anytime soon."


Google's autonomous car

Aside from that, automakers feel it's better to gradually roll out new features rather than deliver an entirely autonomous vehicle. According to the automakers, customers will more likely feel comfortable with a slower introduction to this new technology rather than all in one swoop. 
 
Right now, Google's prototype is a tiny pod-shaped car, which has a flexible windshield and a spinning cone on top that helps navigation. Only two people can fit, and there's a top speed of 25 miles per hour. 
 
Detroit automakers also feel that Google's autonomous cars are limited by Google Maps, which directs the cars. If there's an area not covered by the Maps, or if Maps were to malfunction in some way, it could pose a problem for the customer.
 
Even more troubling to automakers is the liability for these vehicles. Google's current autonomous car doesn't have driver-operated brakes, a steering wheel or an accelerator pedal. Without an actual human driver, the automakers fear they would be at fault for any auto accidents. 
 
Google, however counters, saying that it would take the blame for any auto accidents involving its technology, and that finding what caused the accident would be easier with Google technology at hand. 
 
It looks as though Google and Detroit automakers will go their separate ways on the topic for now, but some feel they will inevitably have to meet again further down the road when autonomous vehicle technology grows beyond its infancy. 

Source: Reuters



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This is what G needs to do.
By peterrushkin on 6/30/2014 3:38:41 PM , Rating: 5
Go find a town somewhere. Throw money at that town, that is no more cars, cars are done, period.

Put in recharging stations for places around that town so these auto cars when parked can charge up.

Make sure there are various ways to hail a car. Either by phone, tablet, desktop or old school call an operator. That way its accessible by everyone.

Now see how the public in that town deal with having a cab at their disposal day or night AND without needing to pay the upkeep costs. They only pay for when they travel.

I can tell you now. Old people, teens, even single moms would think this is a boon. Gone are the days of needing 2 cars. Imagine this, no insurance, no thinking about gas costs, no maintenance. It's all gone. You just pay for what you use. Hell, no taxi/cab fares!

It would be a matter of weeks before everyone adjusted then got used to it!

In 10 years time, everyone would say... driving? who drives lol...




RE: This is what G needs to do.
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/30/14, Rating: -1
RE: This is what G needs to do.
By SlyNine on 6/30/2014 6:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
Funny how it didn't even realize you were a threat. A person would have realized that.


RE: This is what G needs to do.
By peterrushkin on 6/30/2014 7:17:16 PM , Rating: 2
The jokes on Monkeys Uncle. He would have been driving in an auto-car zone.

Him coming into the zone would have broken federal law. A swat team would have broken out of no-where and then torn him a new butt-hole to see what he had to eat last week.

He's dreaming if he thinks a hummer would be on the same road as one of these!

Dreaming I tell you!


RE: This is what G needs to do.
By Spuke on 7/2/2014 12:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
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He's dreaming if he thinks a hummer would be on the same road as one of these!
You're definitely going to have a mix of self-driving and human driving cars on the roads for a LOOOOONG time. Do you think all the illegal alien drivers are going to magically afford a new car all of a sudden?


RE: This is what G needs to do.
By euclidean on 7/1/2014 9:12:35 AM , Rating: 2
I'll be in line pre-ordering my Self-Driving car the day they are available.


RE: This is what G needs to do.
By Spuke on 7/2/2014 12:27:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'll be in line pre-ordering my Self-Driving car the day they are available
The new Mercedes S class is the closest thing to a self-driving car you can buy today. Take one out for a drive and see what you think.


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