Google Shifts Gears to Driverless Cars

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2Q 2014 | IN-3087

 

Google Shows Its Driverless Car Prototype

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Google announced plans (in its typical casual and understated way via a blog post and a YouTube video) to build a hundred prototype driverless vehicles, with testing of early versions to start in the summer of 2014. This should result in a pilot program in California within the next few years. To be clear, what Google aims for are entirely autonomous cars, not requiring any human intervention, doing away with the steering wheel, manual brakes, and accelerator pedals, which will “transform mobility for millions of people.”

Google’s driverless car concept seems very basic: sensors to scan the environment, speed limited to 25 mph, start/stop buttons, and a screen displaying the route followed. Of course, what will be happening behind the scenes in terms of sensor data processing and advanced artificial intelligence algorithms is far from basic, requiring Google to pull all of its analytics expertise together.&nbs...

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