Google is going to produces ‘self driving’ cars very shortly with no controls other than a start/stop button.
They already produces 100 test vehicles and started testing on road. They described this project as “an important step toward improving road safety and transforming mobility for millions of people”.
The car will be 2 seater will have no steering wheels or brake and accelerator pedals and the only intervention that “drivers” can make is to start or stop. Google said, this car is safer from the traditional vehicle. Because this car will run in controlled environment with control road map.
This car’s maximum speed will be 25 mph and it’s fantastic for local area movement rather long distance journey. It has a screen showing the route and an array of laser and radar sensors and camera data so the car’s computer can “see” its surroundings and react to changing circumstances such as a cyclist pulling out.
Other features include a soft foam like front end where the bumper would normally be and a flexible windscreen to reduce the risk of serious injuries to pedestrians in a collision.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin, revealing the plans in California earlier today, said the aim is for self-driving cars to be “significantly” safer than human-driven cars in a few years. He said that that the protoype cars had experienced no crashes during 700,000 miles of testing,
Chris Urmson, director of the company’s self-driving project said: “We’re really excited about this vehicle – it’s something that will allow us to really push the capabilities of self driving technology, and understand the limitations.
Google says it expects its self-drive cars to be on the road “within a year” and ready for public use between 2017 and 2020.
Other major motor companies including Nissan and General Motors have also said they expect self-driving cars on the road by 2020 while Ford has unveiled an early prototype.