Google Makes ‘Safer’ Car
Leave it to the company that helps people find answers to an incalculable number of questions every day to find the answer to making roads safer.
The only problem is that their solution to the problem involves removing the driver from the equation. Not that much of a surprise when you think about it, is it?
That’s right: Google’s self-driving car, after 300,000 miles of test drives, emerged with no accidents while the robotic driver was in control of things. Google equipped Toyota Priuses (or should that be Prii?) with cameras, radar sensors and laser rangefinders to help it “see” what a human driver would. Google Maps helps the car figure out the right path.
The only time there has been an accident so far is when a human passenger took control from the automation.
Gotta love the irony.
There are times when I’m making a drive from one part of town to another or when I’m behind the wheel for more than an hour that I’d love to be able to let the car do the work so that I could focus on other things: this blog, for one. Can you imagine blogging from the driver’s seat while the car is driving you where you need to go?
I suspect that at some point, we’ll reach a point where we’ll get into our automobile, tell it where we want to go, and sit back and enjoy the ride while it gets us there. It’ll probably be another ten years or so before it’s a practical reality, if then. But I’m sure that one day, it’ll happen.
It’ll probably mean that the commute will take a little longer, because the computers will surely have to obey the speed limit. But on the other hand, if the car can get you there with a better chance of avoiding an accident, it might just be worth it.