Google is announcing the next phase in their self driving car project. This summer, a few of the prototype vehicles they've created will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, Calif., with safety drivers aboard.
Ready for the Road: the world's first fully Self-Driving vehicle
I can see the future with google car taxi cabs where the car asks you for your destination and tell them, how would you pay them tho?
We started designing the world’s first fully self-driving vehicle to transform mobility, making it easier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone to get around.
Now we're ready for the next step of our project: this summer, our prototype vehicles will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, California, with our safety drivers aboard.
On the road again...
Google is announcing the next step for their self driving car project.
This summer, a few of the prototype vehicles they've created will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, Calif., with safety drivers aboard.
Green lights for our self-driving vehicle prototypes.
We live in a rural area and the simple getting kids to school 45 km away is an issue. I could see a driver less school bus that would take them in the morning and bring them home at night, instead of 4 sets of parents making the trip 4 times a day. AWESOME!
I see Google's self-driving Lexuses (Lexi?) around town fairly often. They seem to perform well.
I'm looking forward to further developments toward commercial self-driving vehicles.
Google’s cute-as-a-button, fully autonomous cars are hitting the road this summer.
If you’re in Mountain View, California, you’ll be among the first to see them pass by.
Google says it’s now ready to test-drive the gray and white prototype vehicles after extensive testing on closed tracks, according to Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project.
In a blog post published Friday, Urmson says the cars will move at speeds no faster than 25 mph. A human test driver will also supervise each ride, taking over control if needed.
Google’s self-driving cars are designed to work without permanent mechanisms such as a gas pedal or steering wheel. To comply with California state law, however, the cars have removable steering wheels and gas and accelerator pedals which human drivers will use if they take control.
When the tech company first started experimenting with self-driving technology, it modified existing cars, such as a Toyota, Audi and Lexus, by adding multiple cameras and sensors and an on board computer.
These new prototype cars were manufactured by Google from scratch, but they are equipped with the same software that was used in its previous cars.
Earlier this week, Google revealed that the Lexus fleet has driven nearly a million miles on the road, and suffered 11 accidents since testing began over six years ago. None of the accidents were caused by Google’s cars, according to Google, and none of the incidents caused injuries.
Google is just one of many companies developing driver less car technology. Universities and major auto manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes are working on similar vehicles. Google hopes to have its version on the road by the end of the decade.
But before self-driving cars can start ferrying us to work, companies need figure out ethical issues (does it hit a deer or crash into the median?), improve basic driving functions, and work with governments on legislation to allow driver less cars on all roads.
“We’re looking forward to learning how the community perceives and interacts with the vehicles, and to uncovering challenges that are unique to a fully self-driving vehicle,” Urmson said. “In the coming years, we’d like to run small pilot programs with our prototypes to learn what people would like to do with vehicles like this.”We've self-driven nearly 1 million miles, now averaging around 10,000 self-driven miles a week—that's just a bit less than a typical American driver logs in a year! We've learned a lot about how people drive on the road and where incidents commonly occur.
Great job and very good explanation of the importance of the self-driving car we're all waiting for!
The has announced the next step of their project: this summer, a few prototype vehicles will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, Calif., with safety drivers aboard. Learn more on the Official Google blog, linked below.
* SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE *
I can't wait until people don't control cars most of the time. The lives saved alone make all of this worth it.
Too cool for school! I want to see these in New Zealand, they could help change everything!
Well done, Google.
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