Lunes, Hunyo 9, 2014

Google’s New Endeavor: Self-Driving Vehicles

Despite the possibility of these self-driving cars to work on the road and signs that there are automakers willing to take on it and produce for public consumers, Google hast still made a clear answer about the future of their new technology.

For those who have been waiting, the question have finally been answered, Google is onto building their own self-driving steering wheels-free cars.
100 prototype vehicles, furnished with two seats, just enough space for passengers and buttons for inputting directions is what the plans stated by Chris Urmson the Google’s director. This is after testing Toyota Priuses and Lexus RX 300s with sensors and Google software installed, for years.
In a blog post, Urmson stated that “They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them. Our software and sensors do all the work. The vehicles will be very basic—we want to learn from them and adapt them as quickly as possible—but they will take you where you want to go at the push of a button.”
With the target to launch a pilot test project in California, since self-driving cars is legal there, in the near future, Google cars are reported to be limited to 25 mph only with seat belts, headlamps and wipers. They didn’t tell what powers the car, though.
Despite the buildup and assurances, legal and moral concerns are still being raised due to the fact that locations that aren’t mapped can’t be reached by Google’s system and it can’t tell the difference of object’s density also. Major car manufacturers still believe that a human input is still necessary to drive a car.
Although Google’s attempt on this self-driving cars looks promising and futuristic, consumers may still prefer to have control over a car than rely on the system alone due to safety concerns and driving experience (being able to step on the gas for speed and use the steering wheel to turn left and right is still way cooler right?). Why not develop a better paint protection so that car owners can always have a sleek and shiny car?

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