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