So it’s finally official. Google’s long-awaited self-driving car has been unveiled by co-founder Sergey Brin at a conference in California. It has a stop / go button and is capable of speeds up to 25mph. Google had experimented with existing cars, but eventually decided to buold one from scratch and the result looks a bit… well, Google-ish. Here is what Google self-driving car project director Chris Urmson had to say about it in a blog post yesterday:
Just imagine: You can take a trip downtown at lunchtime without a 20-minute buffer to find parking. Seniors can keep their freedom even if they can’t keep their car keys. And drunk and distracted driving? History.
Well, let’s hope he’s right.
1. Google’s self-driving car.
2. This woman tested the prototype.
3. Google had tested existing cars, but decided to build one from scratch.
4. The car drives itself, so the passengers are free to do whatever they feel like.
5. The prototype.
6. The car uses GPS and sensor information to work out its location.
7. Sensors pick up information about the environment including pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, signage etc.
8. The software chooses a safe speed for the car and moves the vehicle in a natural way.
9. The car “aims to move in a natural way”.
And here are a couple of videos:
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