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Just an Update on the Google Self-Driving Cars

Now with over 300,000 cumulated miles driven and not a single accident, Google is adding more cars to its self-driving fleet. The newest model is a Lexus RX450h, a hybrid like the Prius, though an SUV instead of a compact car. The Google Self-Driving Car project is still in early testing, but the pace is hastening.

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As said, there haven’t been any accidents with the cars, except for a fender bender that occurred while the vehicle was being manually driven by a Google employee. But some people are still reluctant about letting a robot drive them around. In the next phase of testing the team assigned to the project is now using the autonomous vehicles for their daily commutes and errands; the same driving situation consumers undergo everyday. There is still a lot of data to be collected regarding driving on different terrain, and in extreme weather conditions.

Analysts estimate that we won’t see self-driving vehicles hit the market until 2025, but I’m reluctant to believe it will take 13 years to perfect the technology at the rate Google is going.

via [Google Official Blog]

4 Responses to Just an Update on the Google Self-Driving Cars

  1. Christopher August 17, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    I agree with the author. Google is moving FAST with these innovative vehicles.

    • Brian Burgess August 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

      Yeah they are! Just think, in the future you could hop in your self driving car and pop your Google glasses on and go anywhere and relax.

      • Steve Krause August 18, 2012 at 9:55 am #

        Reminds me of minority report. It would sure solve a lot of accidents on the road for all reasons…

        If a hacker ever takes over command central however — yeah, that would be bad.

  2. Dezmembrari Auto Prahova March 8, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Amazing things here. I am very glad to see your post. Thanks a lot and I am looking ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a mail?

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