A latest study shows that it is safer to travel in one of Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Google Cars, which has been involved in fewer accidents as opposed to human driven vehicles. This finding can prove essential, as currently a number of tech giants and automakers strive to establish self-driven cars as primary mode of road and highway transportation.
Every time I post on antonymous trucks, I get dozens of emails from people telling me that self-driving trucks will not happen for at least 10 more years, if ever. People cite insurance, driving skills, city traffic, changing road patterns, faulty radar, etc.My typical reply is things will likely happen far faster than even I envision. And so here we are, at least a year before I thought possible (but 15 years before some naysayers thought).First Real Road-Legal Autonomous Big Rig
Google Inc.’s (GOOGL) self-driving cars hit a new hurdle because of a new rule by the California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). According to the rule, which will take effect from September 16 this year, it requires self-driving cars to have a steering wheel and brake pedals. In case of an emergency, it will allow the driver to immediately take control.
Most people are slightly scared of Google's new self-driving car prototype because the driverless vehicle has no steering wheel or brakes. You just push a button and it takes you where you want to go. It's like sitting in the car equivalent of one of those airport monorails.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google, a leader in efforts to create driverless cars, has run into an odd safety conundrum: humans. Last month, as one of Google's self-driving cars approached a crosswalk, it did what it was supposed to do when it slowed to allow a pedestrian to cross, prompting its "safety driver" to apply the brakes. The pedestrian was fine, but not so much Google's car, which was hit from behind by a human-driven sedan. Google's fleet of autonomous test cars is programmed to follow the letter of the law. But it can be tough to get around if you are a stickler for the rules.
LOS ANGELES — Google Inc. revealed Thursday that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time.
In the collision, a Lexus SUV that the tech giant outfitted with sensors and cameras was rear-ended in Google’s home city of Mountain View, where more than 20 prototypes have been self-manoeuvring through traffic.
It's small. It's cute. It's from Google. It can drive itself. And it's absolutely terrifying to everyone in the auto industry. The Google Car might not look like much, but its existence as an actual production vehicle has auto executives waking up in a cold sweat. At the moment, the Google Car is in the testing phase.