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The car in front driven by Google


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Official Google Blog: What we’re driving at

"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.

So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves. Our automated cars, manned by trained operators, just drove from our Mountain View campus to our Santa Monica office and on to Hollywood Boulevard. They’ve driven down Lombard Street, crossed the Golden Gate bridge, navigated the Pacific Coast Highway, and even made it all the way around Lake Tahoe. All in all, our self-driving cars have logged over 140,000 miles. We think this is a first in robotics research."

Interesting development on the desire to go to cars without driver input and while it would revolutionise transport there are some plus points as can tell the back seat driver to talk to the computer because the person in front ain't listening.
 

Asparagus

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Official Google Blog: What we’re driving at

"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.

So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves. Our automated cars, manned by trained operators, just drove from our Mountain View campus to our Santa Monica office and on to Hollywood Boulevard. They’ve driven down Lombard Street, crossed the Golden Gate bridge, navigated the Pacific Coast Highway, and even made it all the way around Lake Tahoe. All in all, our self-driving cars have logged over 140,000 miles. We think this is a first in robotics research."

Interesting development on the desire to go to cars without driver input and while it would revolutionise transport there are some plus points as can tell the back seat driver to talk to the computer because the person in front ain't listening.
are we there yet? - Google Search
 

Kilenee

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This doesn't sound like a wise idea. I am a supporter of science and advanced technology, but what happens when the computers go down? People aren't going to learn how to drive, and if there's ever a flaw in the system, then we're all screwed. And I don't know the specifics about the technology, but with the rising concern over cyber-terror, this could be a tempting target.
That being said, I could see some possible enhancement capabilities to decrease the probability of an accident. Things like warnings and the like.
 

jmcc

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Given the way that Google messed up its advertising system with "interest" based advertising, its car would probably drive you to where Google thinks you want to go rather than where you want to go.

Regards...jmcc
 
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