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Friday, 2 May 2014

Google Driverless Car – Driven by Technology

I’m really amazed to see the technology revolution happening around the World, especially in the last 3 decades. If you look at the history, 18th century concentrated on agricultural reforms, 19th & 20th century experienced Industrial developments and 21st century turned on innovations through Information Technology. If you look at closely, this IT transformation helps the last two centuries’ innovations in Agricultural and Industrial novelties to modernize the World.
Differential thinking brings ideas, ideas bring innovation and Innovation helps to have ease of living. Yes, I’m going to talk about the latest project by Google on Driverless Car. This project by Google involves developing software powering, guiding the car without a driver. Google’s robotic car has a range finder mounted on the top which helps the car to generate a 3D map of its environment using laser technology. This helps the car to manoeuvre the streets intelligently.

The project team has been equipped with at least ten testing cars each having a driver with untarnished records. This driver occupies the driver’s seat and the passenger’s seat accompanied by one of Google engineers during road test. The Google driverless car traversed through San Francisco’s streets at a speed stored on its maps and sensors in the car helped to maintain perfect distance from other vehicles on the road. This testing carried out with proper supervision by well experienced driver and the system allows overriding and taking control of the car by this driver if anything goes wrong.

As in Aug 2012, the team have completed 300,000 miles without any accidents with at least 10 cars on the road at any given time. As on Dec 2013, four US states, California, Florida, Michigan, and Nevada have passed laws permitting these autonomous cars. As in April 2014, Google driverless car project team announced that they have completed 700,000 miles.

I’m sure these kinds of innovations make our life easier and interesting. Looking forward more such technological innovations comes from Google and wishes all the best for this Driverless Car project team.

18 comments:

  1. I've read about this.... Wonder if it will drive the speed limit???? ha ha .... Wonder if it will stay out of the left (fast) lane on an interstate road????? ha..... Wonder if Hubby and I can just sit in the backseat and cuddle and let the car do all of the driving???? ha

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  2. I somehow find this kind of funny. Since the point of a car is to take an actual person from one place to another, what use would it have? Maybe for people who are not able to drive?

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  3. They tested this car in San Francisco? And it worked? Kudos!!! I used to live there and I called it 'driving in a videogame'. If that car can navigate successfully in SF, it should do well elsewhere. Still though it's kinda creepy. I'm not sure why there'd be a need for a driverless car.

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  4. I saw something about this on TV! What an amazing world that we live in!

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  5. It's definitely a major invention! One step closer to the Jetsons... :)

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  6. It's definitely a major invention! One step closer to the Jetsons... :)

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  7. A driverless car cannot possibly be any scarier than some of the drivers on the road today.

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  8. Automated technology is wonderful. Unfortunately there is a down side. Technology is replacing people, hands on jobs are decreasing at a time when we need more jobs. Workers are losing out to robots.

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  9. It's the best for me... cause I can't drive a car!

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  10. There are plenty of drivers that should not be behind the wheel, so I am kind of looking forward to this exciting technology to become mainstream.

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  11. That's pretty amazing. Not sure I'd want to be in a driverless car. I've been in a driverless tram, and that made me a little nervous too. ;)

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  12. I think it would be cool to have a driverless car

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  13. What amazing technology. I do hope this would greatly reduce the number of alcohol and wreckless driving accidents that occur each day.

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  14. I don't think I would feel comfortable walking around with driverless cars... it's bad enough with the drivers :)

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  15. Wow, this is amazing. I had no idea Google is working on this project! So cool :) I wonder when those cars will be ready to be sold :D

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