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Can We Really Trust Google With Green Technology?

Does Google have the smarts enough to ensure our safety, too?

Well, that is the $64 question is it not? Last year, Google was awarded a patent on December 15, 2011 for the transitioning of a mixed mode vehicle to an autonomous mode vehicle. It will have 2 sensors. One for a landing strip for the vehicle to stop which enables the second sensor to decide the position and where to go.

What Can Google Teach Us About Driving?

Google has been experimenting with driverless Toyota Prius cars in the US

Google has been experimenting with driverless Toyota Prius cars in the US

They currently have been awarded a self driven license in the state of Nevada. It will be the color red to ensure that it stands out. They are also thinking that a driverless car will be an excellent way to view the main strip in Las Vegas.

Google has tested their model in San Francisco which included crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. They report that the car was driven 140,000 miles with a driver (just in case) and not one accident. I can tell you that I have driven that much without an accident as well. But I digress.

Through the use of computers, sensors and other systems, an autonomous vehicle is capable of analyzing the driving environment more quickly and operating the vehicle more safely than a human can. Why, well not only are there sensors but cameras as well. They are placed all around the vehicle to ensure that the blind spot a driver may have will be eliminated and be able to react to any event that may occur.

Now, we all know that a computer, sensor or camera is only as smart as we make them. So, does the Google team have enough folks to work on getting this artificial intelligence off the ground and running? Yes, so far.

However, the big question will be, will you, the consumer, be interested in getting one of these for yourself or better yet, ride in one?

Driverless Cars …. as the green future unfolds.

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  1. Diane Says:

    This is insane, but very cool! Don’t think I’d want to be on the LV Strip though as they test it out LOL!

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … Hey it could be a lot better going down the strip and not have to worry about the traffic as you a google eyed the sites! 😀

  3. Theresa Cahill Says:

    One step closer to hover cars in my life time?

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Theresa … Yep! since the other hover crafts do not go to well over roads, this will be the next best thing.

  5. Hillary Says:

    I can see where this tech would be a very viable option in the future. For now I don’t think we should put all trust in a computer operated vehicle, you still have to worry about the other people w/o a computer operated vehicle. Have they tested scenarios where there is no viable option to avoid a crash? in places with high traffic jams these cars might not be the best idea.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Hillary … Well, going through San Francisco as well as the Golden Gate Bridge, there is a lot of traffic there with no incidents! So, stay tuned…

  7. Sandra Says:

    Google seems to be taking over the world, lol. Google Chrome is the fastest browser, Google Play is now the app store for android, and of course Google Maps run the GPS on the android. Google Docs saved my daughter a few years ago with a high school project when our printer stopped working, and then we learned that you can even create power point presentations there. So far they have made my life easier, so I am cautiously optimistic. 🙂

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Sandra …. I know what you mean. Google is becoming the Walmart of the Internet.

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