By Deborah Gage
Posting in Government
The car still needs a person behind the wheel, but only to take control if something goes wrong.
Google announced this weekend that it's been building robotic cars that have been driving themselves around California -- down curvy Lombard Street in San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, along the Pacific Coast Highway, around Lake Tahoe and from Google's Mountain View headquarters to Santa Monica (a 350-mile trip). So far, the cars have logged over 140,000 miles.
The company hasn't said yet what it's going to do with the cars, but they should be a good business for Google, because they draw heavily on Google's data centers.
From Google Distinguished Software Engineer Sebastian Thrun:
Our automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which we collect using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. This is all made possible by Google’s data centers, which can process the enormous amounts of information gathered by our cars when mapping their terrain.
The New York Times has a detailed story on the cars here, including a description of what it's like to ride in one.
Tech blogger Robert Scoble, meanwhile, interviewed one of the engineers who works on the cars -- Mike Montemerlo, formerly of Stanford's DARPA challenge team -- back in 2007. Google hired several veterans of DARPA challenge teams.
Montemerlo "thinks about the act of driving in a much different way than you or I do," Scoble writes. "This is a fascinating discussion where he talks about the car, the sensors used, the algorithms he’s developing, and the approach he’s using to get a car through an intersection at the same time as another robotic car is there."
Here's a video of the car in action -- there is a person behind the wheel, but he or she only takes control if something goes wrong. (The picture above is from Zee News).
Oct 10, 2010
What kind of energy does it use to function? Renewable energy I hope!! :) http://www.loveenergysavings.com/
haha! Thatâs funny but lets see how it is going to workout for google lets hope itâs a success. http://www.national.co.uk/branch-37-Harrogate.aspx
It really good to hear that Google launch self driving car!!!!! hope so it will success too.http://www.cravingwings.com/
Why is anyone trying to figure out how to make a truck and a car drive themselves after they are designed and built to be driven? I suppose the reason is that we already have the vehicles and the roads; but, has anyone considered developing and implementing a fully automated freight delivery and personal transportation system using vehicles no one has to drive from the start? I did and submitted a U.S. Patent Application for it. You can go to my blog to read more about it: http://theitsinitiativemainflaw.blogspot.com/ Thanks, ALBERTO ZAYAS
I, as for one, don't believe in this hands-off car driving story -- lest it'd be impossible to design and build a foot-controlled steering system... So I'm just trying to imagine what might motivate Google to tell us a lie -- or may be I'd better imagined why the DARPA did so before, so let's have a guess: Knowing that the DARPA works for the government in general and for the Defence Departmant in particular, I can imagine that their aim is to draw the average citizen's attention away from the aviation scene, where fully automated traffic is already state-of-the-art (because it's so easy in the airspace). Considering that power is best enforced from above, the joker for power enforcement is doubtlessly the US Army's so called "air superiority" -- except that the US Airforce has recently switched focus from supersonic fighter-bombers to remote controlled bombers and the joker is now called "global reach"... You may therefore find it rather plausible that the Pentagone ought to be haunted by the perspective of intercity road traffic being transferred into the aispace -- with the civil society taking possession of the global airspace with hundreds of millions of ultralight personal aircraft to challenge their joker... And considering that this would only be possible with personal aircraft flying fully automatically -- which is so much easier to implement than fully automated road traffic -- you may now understand that they want you to dream of automatic car driving instead of your personal aircraft's autopilot safely guiding you along your personal electronic flight path deemed to never ever cross any other virtual aerial highway among millions of others.
I have a nerve disorder. It is called CIDP (chronic Inflamatory Demylating Polyneuropathy). It is a cousin to M.S. but, it does not have all the symptoms that M.S. has. It causes me not to be able to drive. I took handicapped driver's ed for a while. Then the people that were giving me the lessons told my counselor that I needed phsical therapy. This counselor is part of the governmental program called Department of Assistive Rehabiltation Services. I went to physical therapy for at least two months. When I was done with therapy I asked my therapists if they thought that I can go back into driver's ed and they said yes and I told my counselor what they said and she just flat out right away came out with the answer no. I asked her why not she said because she hasn't seen any improvement and I told her that is because you haven't been to any of my therapy sessions. So, I never went back. I have had surgery on my left foot and now it makes me feel things a whole lot better and wald alot better as well. I am going to have surgery on my right foot real soon. When I did drive I couldn't feel how much gas I was putting on the pedal nor how much of a brake. I don't have much of a fast reaction time to switch from one pedal to the next. I look at this car and I say to myself that this is too good to be true. I hear good things about, I have watched the video, read the article about the car. I have decided that I want to be a guinea pig for this car. I live in Houston, Tx. If there is any possible way of getting me out there soon or, you or, somebody coming out here that will be great. Email me back real soon. Sincerely, Lauren Lawyer
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have you seen the car after it started to drive by itself? I heard it was last seen somewhere around a remote small village in nothern norway... I guess it was tired of making hard desicions.
I love the idea of self driving cars! I love it so much I started a blog dedicated to self driving cars. It's a shameless plug but come check it out or follow @selfdrivingcar on twitter.
I am legally blind and I have never had the luxury of being able to drive a car. Ever since the original Knight Rider show came out in the 70's with the self driving Kitt car, I have had the dream of being able to get into a car, tell it where I want to go (or type it into a keypad) and the car takes me safely there. If they ever need volunteers to try the car out in normal, everyday, life conditions, I would gladly volunteer. I am waiting for the day when I can finally be as independent as everybody else and not have to rely on others to take me where I want to go.
While we were obviously blown away by the idea of a driverless car, we got to wondering what would happen if the car crashed? Who would be liable for any damage or injury-the passenger (who has limited control) or the software manufacturer? Legal As She Is Spoke, a legal reporting blog, spoke to some experts and got to the bottom of this interesting legal issue: http://lasisblog.com/2010/11/08/computers-can-drive- now/#more-1598
We built the cruise control of the future today, and its $20. http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-GPS-cruise-control-using- your-Android-iPh/ -jim pruett, Founder wikiSPEEDia.org
Leave it to the company that transformed human interaction through technology to create a car that doesn't need a driver: the Google car. The Google automobiles are Toyota Prius hybrids outfitted with radars, Global Positioning System and AI software package. The experimental cars have driven thousands of miles without human hands on the wheel. The Google auto is one of many projects on a growing list the search-engine company has initiated recently that seek to set up new technological directions in key industries. This car is worth taking out a pay day loans for.
General Motors has really done a fantastic job at looking to solve many transportation problems with one vehicle. I could see cars like the EN-V being very useful in cities with a lot of congestion such as New York or Los Angeles..