Google building prototype vehicles that are designed to take you where you want to go at the push of a button. And it is the car of no driving required. And Google’s self-driving car is designed to navigate safely through city streets.
In May 2014 Google revealed a new prototype of its driverless car, which had no steering wheel, gas pedal or brake pedal, being 100% autonomous and unveiled a fully functioning prototype in December of that year that they planned to test on San Francisco Bay Area roads beginning in 2015.
Google self-driving cars – Developed by Google X as part of its project to develop technology for mainly electric cars. Lettering on the side of each car identifies it as a “self-driving car”.
The project of Google’s self-driving car, led by Sebastian Thrun. Sebastian Thrun is a former director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View. The team of this project developing the system consisted of 15 engineers working for Google, including Chris Urmson, Mike Montemerlo and Anthony Levandowski.
The legislation of this car has been passed in four U.S states and Washington, D.C allowing driverless cars.
They have sensors designed to detect objects as far as two football fields away in all directions, including pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. It will also could be detect fluttering plastic shopping bags and rogue birds. The software processes all the information to help the car safely navigate the road without getting tired or distracted.
How it drives
A self-driving car needs to constantly answer these questions.
Where am I?
To determine where it is in the world, the car processes both map and sensor information. The car knows what street it’s on and which lane it’s in.
What’s around me?
Sensors help self-driving car to detect objects all around us. The software classifies objects based on their size, shape and movement pattern.
What will happen next?
The software predicts what all the objects around us might do next. It predicts that the cyclist will ride by and the pedestrian will cross the street. Then it chooses a safe speed and trajectory for the car.
What’s in a self-driving car?
To drive themselves self-driving prototypes rely on their sensors and software. Google are working toward vehicles that take you where you want to go at the push of a button. Google removed the steering wheel and pedals and instead designed a prototype that lets the software and sensors handle the driving.
In August 2016, when testing their autonomous vehicles on public roads, their cars traveled a “total of 170,000 miles; of those, 126,000 miles were driven autonomously.
Based on Google’s own accident reports, the test cars of Google have been involved in 14 collisions, of which other drivers were at fault 13 times. It was not until 2016 that the car’s software caused a crash.
Yes, they’ve been around for ages, but now Google have on-the-road testing and the beginnings of a legislative framework for the cars, they could soon be an everyday reality.
Google has announced their team to build self-driving vehicles, hinting at large-scale commercial production in the near future.
Google planned to make these cars available to the public in 2020.