Last year Google launched a self driving car project to test the boundaries of technology and driving in a bid to enable drivers to be more productive when they are behind the wheel. Earlier in the week Google announced that the vehicle had surpassed the 300,000 mile mark.
In a report published by the head engineer of the project, Chris Urmson, he has said, “Our vehicles, of which about a dozen are on the road at any given time, have now completed more than 300,000 miles of testing. They’ve covered a wide range of traffic conditions, and there hasn’t been a single accident under computer control.”
How the car works
The car senses other traffic through the use of cameras, radar sensors and a laser. The information that is collected from these systems is then downloaded into detailed maps which is then stored in data centres, this enables the vehicles to travel through the different road surfaces.
Currently the cars are driven with two people inside the vehicles in case of an emergency such as animals running across the roads.
Chris Urmson has also said, “As a next step, members of the self driving car team will soon start using the cars solo, for things like commuting to work. This is an important milestone, as it brings this technology one step closer to every commuter. One day we hope this capability will enable people to be more productive in their cars. For now, our team members will remain in the driver’s seats and will take back control if needed.”
The vehicle was involved in one incident last year but Google said that this was down to human error rather than a fault of the technology.
Here at MotorQuoteDirect, we are sure that even though the vehicle is driverless, motor insurance is still an absolute necessity since you’ll still be sitting behind the wheel. For now however, it isn’t yet known if the technology will be made road legal and if the general public will ever be able to use it.
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