Self-Driving Cars: Google is More Than Just a Search Engine

September 17th, 2014 by

I like to click on Google to find pertinent information. However, at the rate things are going, I’ll soon be using Google to drive my car.

The next technological step in the auto industry is, to some degree, already here. It is the Google Self-Driving Car. And yes. It’s the search engine Google that’s behind the technology.

The self-driving car project began officially in 2010 in an attempt “to make driving safer, more enjoyable and more efficient.”

The software that powers the vehicles is called Google Chauffeur and it was developed by the current head of the project, Google engineer Sebastian Thrun. Thrun is the former director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the man credited with creating Google Street View.

As of now, four states in the U.S. – California, Nevada, Michigan, and Florida – along with the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing driverless cars on streets and highways.

Earlier this year, Google unveiled a brand new driverless prototype that had neither steering wheel nor pedals. No sense lying about what’s going on inside the vehicle.

There is a YouTube Video here: that was posted in 2012 as Google took a California man named Steve Mahan, who has lost 95 per cent of his vision, on a trek around town in its self-driving Toyota Prius. You kind of have to see it to believe it.

It’s truly wonderful technology and currently Google is working on the concept of driverless taxicabs. However, you won’t be heading down to Winnipeg Honda or Crown Toyota Scion to pick up a driverless vehicle anytime soon. Google says that at this time, it has no immediate plans to develop the system for commercial use.

You can get more information by looking up “self-driving cars” on Google.

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