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?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.