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VIDEO: Google Self-Driving Car: On the road by 2017?

By DSNews on May 16, 2014

Driving, whether it be to work, to a  social event or just to grab a gallon of milk, is part mechanics, part reaction time and part luck, that those next to you are paying as much attention as you are.  Would you ever turn that responsibility over to a computer? Google is betting that one day, you will, which is why they are investing in a new technology aimed at allowing cars to drive themselves.

While it may seem like something out of the movie, "iRobot," Researchers at Google feel that consumers just might be willing to hand over control of their commute to an ultra high tech computer system.

The vehicles work with a 64-beam laser that sends out signals that generate a 3D map of the surrounding terrain. The vehicle also has GPS, Radar at the front and rear bumper and a “wheel encoder” that keeps tabs on the vehicle’s location.

With a person in the drivers seat, you can already ride in a self-driving car in California, Florida, Michigan and Nevada. Google Self-Driving Cars have a reported $150,000 worth of equipment onboard. It was announced in April of 2014 that Autonomous Vehicles have logged 700,000 Miles accident-free. The vehicles do have a big red kill switch to end the  autonomous control and turn the controls back over to a driver.

The concept of the Self Driving Car sounds wonderful, and able to make life easier, however, safety is of prime concern. There were two reported accidents involving Self-Driving Cars, however Google claims that both of them, either occurred when the vehicle was being manually driven, or the other, (being rear-ended) were both the fault of human error.  

Those Questions about safety, as well as concerns about auto insurance liability, potholes, and other inconsistencies in the roadway as well as the overall security of the onboard system to a possible hacking, are among the types of questions that will need to be answered before this technology becomes available to the everyday consumer.

Dealers: What do you think about selling self-driving cars? 

Comments

Hopefully by 2017 they can bring down that $150,000 equipment price tag. Other we can expect only the super rich to be pony up the cash for these self-driving cars.

May 16th

That's true! That's very expensive. It reminds me of Tesla. A new technology, with a new tech price tag. The 2017 date was a goal that Google had mentioned to CNET to have this technology in wide production. That seems soon.

May 16th

SO AWESOME! Kind of scary at the same time... Only time will tell. I say 2020!

May 18th

There will always be driver input!

With that said, the 2014 Acura RLX with its Collision Mitigation Braking System, (CMBS) Adaptive Cruise Control, (ACC) with low speed follow, as well as the Lane Keeping Assist System, this vehicle will drive itself! Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, (LDW) and Blind Spot Information are just added perks. Yes that's right, I said this vehicle will drive itself.

May 19th

Google's self-driving car prove to be safer than vehicles that we currently have on the road. Google's technology is so advanced that it has the capability of avoiding many accidents which typically occur.

May 20th

All manufacturers spend all their concentration on "not getting in the accident"! Safety in automobiles has gone from accident protection, (this is how our car is going to protect you), to accident avoidance , ( all about not getting into an accident). The most prodiminate feature being Collision Mitigation Braking.

May 20th

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