The latest variant of Google’s very own driverless car, a pod-looking two-seater that neither needs gas pedal nor steering wheel, is expected to hit the public roads this summer.
The technology giant’s gallant mission to provide would-be owners the opportunity to have autonomous cars in the next five years will definitely get a tremendous boosts with this development.
Google already release a prototype of its self-guided car which was built from scratch. The car appears like a smart car that comes with a glossy black bowler hat to conceal its sensors and yes it can navigate, brake and identify wide-array of road hazards without human intervention.
The newest prototype is better than the one which Google unveiled just recently which was simple as it clad bogus headlights.
However, the new vehicle is not built for long journeys as it lacks air bag inflators and other federally required safety features, so this implies that it cannot travel more than the rate of 25 miles/hour. It is electric and this implies that it needs to recharge after covering a distance of 80 miles. In addition the pod can only navigate through areas that been thoroughly mapped by Google.
Initially the pod could have been beefed up with a steering wheel and gas pedal as present regulations in California requires them. The regulations also need a driver to gain full control of the car anytime. Google is pushing for more flexible regulations.
Google will at first produce and test 25 pods, mostly in neighborhoods bounding its Mountain View headquarters. The company will gradually increase the car’s production from 50 up to 100, and will expand testing to sites that are steeper and wetter.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin says that the ultimate goal of the company is to come up with computer-controlled cars that can eradicate human error, which plays significant role in an approximated 90% of the 1.2 million road deaths that happen annually all over the world. Driverless cars could also ease out traffic congestion and move the elderly and disabled efficiently from one place to another.
Google surprised the automotive segment way back in 2010 with its announcement that it is producing a driverless car. Brin asserts that Google doesn’t aspire to be a car company, but it intends to apply its technology to the automakers.
Brin stated to a group of journalists and community members that convened earlier this week to make test rides in the prototype, “We want to partner to bring self-driving to all the vehicles in the world.”
At this moment established car manufacturers are also setting their sights on producing fully functional driverless cars, 10 to 15 years from now,
Chris Urmson, who is at the helm of the Google’s self-driving car project, quips that the slow-paced, nice looking prototype is sort of a hybrid of the company’s present test fleet of 20 especially equipped Lexus SUVs and its more sophisticated and faster driverless cars for the future.
Urmson’s son thinks the pod appears like of the nose looking black laser on its front.
Urmson concludes, “This vehicle is really all about us learning. This vehicle could go on a freeway, but when we think about introducing the technology, we want to do that very thoughtfully and very safely.”
Via Dee-Ann Durbin