Google, Detroit Automakers Can't Agree on Autonomous Vehicles
June 30, 2014 2:23 PM
comment(s) - last by
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
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
"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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
6/30/2014 6:26:02 PM
I dunno... I look at how they are removing great apps and integrating it into the half assed Google+ app, and how you cant get gtalk PC app anymore and Maps 8 that is STILL less functional than Maps 6 and see the signs... It's not full out MS 2010-2014, but it isn't the old Google either. Hopefully they stay on the right path.
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
Google's Self-Driving Cars are a "Threat" Says GM
May 30, 2014, 8:00 AM
Google Develops Its Own Self-Driving Car; No Driver or Steering Wheel Required
May 28, 2014, 8:56 AM
Tesla’s Elon Musk Says that Fully Autonomous Vehicles Are Still at Least 5 Years Away
September 19, 2014, 9:48 AM
Quick Note: Kia Soul EV Priced from $33,700
September 11, 2014, 5:32 PM
Production Infiniti LE Electric Sedan Leaked in Patent Drawings
September 9, 2014, 10:32 AM
"Decepticon" Driver Triumphs Over Cops in Massachusetts Court
September 5, 2014, 12:07 PM
Tesla Motors Confirms Nevada Gigafactory Deal, Will Receive $1.25B in Tax Breaks
September 4, 2014, 8:24 PM
Mazda Unveils the 2016 MX-5 Miata, Drops 220 Pounds and 3" in Length
September 3, 2014, 8:59 PM
Most Popular Articles
HTC Preps Nexus 9 With Nvidia K1 64-Bit "Denver" SoC, Android L Onboard
September 10, 2014, 10:21 PM
Dell Announces "World's Thinnest" Tablet: The Venue 8 7000 Series
September 11, 2014, 8:51 AM
Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Reviews Roll In
September 16, 2014, 9:13 PM
Samsung Calls Out “Copycat” Apple for 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus in New Ads
September 14, 2014, 11:06 PM
Confirmed: Next Generation of Windows to Be Announced on September 30
September 15, 2014, 4:43 PM
Latest Blog Posts
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information