Google has been working on self-driving cars for many years, but it never revealed an accurate prototype of the car. Well, yesterday they did that at Recode’s Code Conference in southern California. Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder highlighted the key aspects of an autonomous car. Let’s take a look at them.
The two basic elements considered in designing these cars are safety and self-governing. The car would not need steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal, as software and sensors in the car are capable to perform all the operations.
Google and its partners worked hard on this project to enhance road safety and provide mobility to millions of people. The biggest challenge for Google was to ensure safety. For this reason, Google limited the speed at 25mph and installed sensors to eliminate blind corners and sense things out to a distance of 128000 yd2. As safety is the biggest concern in this project, the car is not built to provide luxury. However, it can accommodate two persons who can buckle up safety belts and manage their belongings.
Google is ready to develop 100 cars in the start and will test drive in this summer in California. The testing versions will have manual controls and if this goes as planned, Google and its partners will introduce this technology to the world in the next couple of years.
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We will have to wait for a few more months to see if these test drives get successful and give us the ultimate freedom to relax while traveling.