Sunday, October 10, 2010

Self-driving Cars from Google

Google has announced that they have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions.

The automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to 'see' other traffic, as well as detailed maps to navigate the road ahead.

If you think "safety" as an issue for this robotic cars, your thinking is wrong. Google is projecting "safety" as main advantage of this automatic cars.

Google Engineer "Sebastian Thrun" has mentioned below thing in his blog post.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million lives are lost every year in road traffic accidents. We believe our technology has the potential to cut that number, perhaps by as much as half. We’re also confident that self-driving cars will transform car sharing, significantly reducing car usage, as well as help create the new “highway trains of tomorrow." These highway trains should cut energy consumption while also increasing the number of people that can be transported on our major roads. In terms of time efficiency, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that people spend on average 52 minutes each working day commuting. Imagine being able to spend that time more productively.

It seems Google is expecting that the people will spent more time with Google products as they will save time by delegating the car driving task to Google bot.

So, it will help Google to show more advertisements to get more revenue.

Do you think Google cars will play major role in coming years?

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