The imagination of a driver-less car has been a technological fantasy in the minds of tech-enthusiasts for many years. This dream has now become a reality with Google making the first ever driver-less automobile. Since Google does not have car manufacturing factories and there is an unconfirmed speculation that the company will sell the technology to car manufacturers in the car manufacturing industry like MIT, Nissan, Toyota and Continental. Google is expected to use its Google Maps to ferry the vehicle’s passengers across a Google-controlled smart grid on the complex road networks. Since it will be the pioneer, the company will enjoy competitive advantages in the long term.
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Impact on the world
The driver-less car technology will impact the world greatly as motorists will not need driving licenses to drive their cars. The technology will also help the old and children who cannot drive as they will be put in a “robocar” without the need of a driver. This will impact many families in terms of time saved as parents will not have to go to learning institutions to drop and pick their kids hence improving their productivity. Since 90% of all vehicle collisions are caused by human errors, the technology is expected to improve the safety on our roads. Ministers and other policy makers are expected to read a report based on the safety standards and the workability of this futuristic project in the next few months. Though information about the car is highly secret, there have been rumors that the Google driver-less car will be powered by artificial intelligence developed using hi-tech devices.
In a recent test, the car was successfully driven for almost a mile without any human commands. The models is being tested and used on specific controlled routes with unique lanes and features. The car activities will be closely monitored remotely to avert malfunction related accidents. Though the initial models will have safety brake pedals for emergencies, the company will eliminate them as research advances.
The autonomous vehicle policy is new to policy makers and they have to apply several principles and measures to guide them in the adoption of an effective driver-less car technology. Google has successfully lobbied for robotic car laws which have led to passing of a legislation which allows the use of driver-less cars on the roads in four of the US states.
Features and devices
The car will be run and controlled by software known as Google Chauffeur. Many cars which have been recently manufactured have embraced modern technology like cruise control, stability control, automatic braking and parking technologies. Additional devices and systems which will be included in the model will be a sensor on the top of the car, radar technology and position detectors to monitor the car remotely. 3D Lidars and other high-tech cameras will also be included.
Release date and price
Given the current trend of technological advancements, the car is hoped to be ready for purchase by willing buyers in 2020. Netherlands and Singapore have already tested their electric driver-less shuttles whose speed limit will be 50km/hr. The revolutionary transportation technology right now is quite expensive; vehicles utilizing the 3D Lidars in the Google car cost nearly $250,000 in equipment alone.
Article written by and courtesy of OxO.li