The Self Driving Google Car

Last Updated: October 15, 2010 at 10:45 pm


The self driving car by Google

The self driving car by Google. Picture courtesy of ABC News.

Google is known for playing around with new things. Recently Google got a new toy: the car that drives itself.

Here is a video showing you the self driving car in action: Google car.

The car uses a bunch of computer stuff plus all the data that Google already has, like maps, speed limits and data on known obstacles.

That is combines with several video cameras and radar sensors and the car gets all the data it needs to drive itself.

The driver can take over any time he or she wishes, but the car does not really need a driver anymore.
You enter the car and tell it where to go and off you go. Once you are at your destination, you get out of the car. What you do in between is your choice. You may enjoy the scenery or text your friends. The Google car takes care of the rest.

Several of these cars have been built and they have been tested on the roads. One of these cars has done 140,000 miles on its own. The technology is not yet advanced enough to be used by consumers.

Google stated: “Larry and Sergey founded Google because they wanted to help solve really big problems using technology. And one of the big problems we’re working on today is car safety and efficiency. Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use.”

While the Google cars can drive alone, they are never unmanned fro security reasons.

The following video gives you some idea.

Google road testing driverless car

This video showing the Google car by ABC News gives much more information.

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First Published: October 14, 2010 at 2:41 am

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