Google Driveless car project

Google Driveless car project

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    Google Driveless car project

    Did not see this posted before.


    The Google Driverless Car is a project by Google that involves developing technology for driverless cars. The project is currently being led by Google engineer Sebastian Thrun, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View, whose team at Stanford created the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and its US$2 million prize from the United States Department of Defense.[1] The team developing the system consisted of 15 engineers working for Google, including Chris Urmson, Mike Montemerlo, and Anthony Levandowski who had worked on the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges.[2]

    Lobbied by Google,[3] the Nevada Legislature passed a law in June 2011 to authorize the use of autonomous vehicles. Nevada became the first state where driverless vehicles can be legally operated on public roads. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is now responsible for setting safety and performance standards and for designating areas where driverless cars may be tested.


    OverviewThe system combines information gathered from Google Street View with artificial intelligence software that combines input from video cameras inside the car, a LIDAR sensor on top of the vehicle, radar sensors on the front of the vehicle and a position sensor attached to one of the rear wheels that helps locate the car's position on the map. As of 2010, Google has tested several vehicles equipped with the system, driving 1,000 miles (1,600 km) without any human intervention, in addition to 140,000 miles (230,000 km) with occasional human intervention, with one of two accidents occurring when another car crashed into the rear end of a test vehicle that was stopped at a red light. Google anticipates that the increased accuracy of its automated driving system could help reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths, while using energy and space on roadways more efficiently.[1]

    The project team has equipped a test fleet of seven vehicles, consisting of six Toyota Prius and an Audi TT, each accompanied in the driver's seat by one of a dozen drivers with unblemished driving records and in the passenger seat by one of Google's engineers. The car has traversed San Francisco's Lombard Street, famed for its steep hairpin turns and through city traffic. The vehicles have driven over the Golden Gate Bridge and on the Pacific Coast Highway, and have circled Lake Tahoe.[2] The system drives at the speed limit it has stored on its maps and maintains its distance from other vehicles using its system of sensors. The system provides an override that allows a human driver to take control of the car by stepping on the brake or turning the wheel, similar to cruise control systems already in cars.[1]

    [edit] CommercializationWhile Google had no immediate plans to commercially develop the system, the company hopes to develop a business which would market the system and the data behind it to automobile manufacturers. An attorney for the California Department of Motor Vehicles raised concerns that "The technology is ahead of the law in many areas" citing state laws that "all presume to have a human being operating the vehicle."[1] According to the New York Times, policy makers and regulators have argued that new laws will be required if driverless vehicles are to become a reality because "the technology is now advancing so quickly that it is in danger of outstripping existing law, some of which dates back to the era of horse-drawn carriages."[3]

    Google lobbied for two bills that made Nevada the first state where driverless vehicles can be legally operated on public roads. The first bill is an amendment to an electric vehicle bill that provides for the licensing and testing of autonomous vehicles. The second bill will provide an exemption from the ban on distracted driving to permit occupants to send text messages while sitting behind the wheel. The two bills came to a vote before the Legislature’s session ended in June 2011. Google executives refused to explain why they want Nevada to be the maiden state for their driverless car


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    hmm interesting...I saw I-Robot...didn't end well. What happens when they achieve conciousness and try to enslave us?
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    Another step forward for technology...another step backward for human intelligence...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doodle View Post
    hmm interesting...I saw I-Robot...didn't end well. What happens when they achieve conciousness and try to enslave us?
    I can tell you one thing, I'm not waiting till Morgan Freeman shows up with the gun that says "bad mother" on it to start shooting those red bellied robots.
    I prefer to live dangerously free than safely caged!

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    I think it's a great idea, especially for older people who no longer have the ability to drive safely but don't want to be dependent on taxis, public transportation, or friends and relatives to haul them everywhere they need to go.
    "The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come." ~ Confucius

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    My wife has operated a driver-less car for years. Nothing new here.
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    Google is taking over the world.

    Now since I got that out of my system, I am not shocked by this at all. My moms car already has adaptive cruise control which slows the car down if another car is in its way and will speed the car up to a preset speed once the car is out of the way. Along with cars that now can part itself. This was a long time coming. I would love to have a car that can drive itself. Just think of all the hours of sleep I can get going to work LOL
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    First commercial application of the technology will be to commercial trucking, reducing freight costs, and putting long haul truck drivers in the unemployment lines. The taxi business will be right behind that.
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