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Google Car to Eliminate Human Driving in Five Years’ Time

[ 0 ] Posted by on September 1, 2017

Google Car

Google has announced that it shall be unleashing its self-driving prototype this summer, aiming to eliminate the scourge of human driving by 2020.

Here, The Smart Phone Company investigate the recent announcement and what this could mean for the future collaboration between technology and cars:

Although the company has been testing self-driving cars for over six years now, this will be the first time that the vehicles will be available to the public. Director of the project, Chris Urmson, said it had been under the bonnet for 11 years and that even now, not once has an accident been caused by one of his vehicles.

But is this a giant leap for mankind?

Writing for Wired, Alex Davies says that:

“As cool as this sounds, it isn’t a huge technological step forward. The goofy little cars use the same software controlling the Lexus and Toyota vehicles that have logged hundreds of thousands of autonomous miles, and Google’s spent the past year testing its prototypes on test tracks.”

Indeed, Google’s approach to self-automation is at odds with the rest of the industry, as companies like Mercedes and BMW have been taking steadier and slighter steps towards the idea. Currently, there are 24 models of car on US roads that have some form of self-automation, such as self-braking vehicles that apply emergency brakes to avoid crashes.

No less than 21 of these vehicles are said to have “superior” or “advanced” forms of self-automation.

Thomas Ruchatz, Audi’s head of driver assistance systems, said:

“We call it a revolution by evolution. We will take it step by step, and add more functionality, add more usefulness to the system. Full autonomy is not going to happen just like that.”

He goes on to say that he does not envisage a time in the near-future where people are able to go to their place of work from their doorsteps without having a steering wheel at hand.

But that’s exactly what Google thinks is going to happening, and that’s what it is doing (in a sense) this summer.

Is the world ready?

As already stated, the self-driving car is not a new technology, and currently, Google’s self-driving vehicles are already clocking 10,000 miles every single week – with over 1 million being found under their bonnets in total.

Urmson continued, saying that:

“We’re looking forward to learning how the community perceives and interacts with the vehicles, and to uncovering challenges that are unique to a fully self-driving vehicle — e.g., where it should stop if it can’t stop at its exact destination due to construction or congestion.”

For those who feel a tad nervous about being driven around by a computer, Google has installed advanced safety features within its vehicles including speed caps and self-aware driving sensors that avoid blind spots.

Now it is time to wait for Apple to announce their very own car…

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