What to Know About Google’s Driverless Cars
It’s an exciting time in the world of driverless cars. Google announced last month that it is building its own fleet of self-driving cars that it plans to begin testing by the end of the year.
These prototypes won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or even brake pedal! They will have sensors and software to safely navigate as well as a button the passenger can push to stop in case of emergency. The cars won’t go faster than 25 mph.
Check out the video below that Google shared in their blog post announcement:
Google has also shifted their focus to successful city driving, which is far more complex than freeway driving. According to another recent post:
We’ve improved our software so it can detect hundreds of distinct objects simultaneously—pedestrians, buses, a stop sign held up by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making gestures that indicate a possible turn. A self-driving vehicle can pay attention to all of these things in a way that a human physically can’t—and it never gets tired or distracted.
See Google’s software in action here:
Google has made amazing progress this past year. Also exciting is the fact that the California DMV will start granting licenses to select driverless cars beginning September 2014.
Does this mean that driverless cars will be everywhere by next year? Not quite. The terms for acquiring a driverless license are incredibly strict (understandably, read a few of them here) and Google’s cars are still only prototypes. The gears are certainly in motion though and we look forward to seeing what happens next.
How long do you think it will take before self-driving cars are widely available to the public? Let us know in the comments below!