Wed Oct, 2010 by Derek Mehraban
In a world where GPS devices and widespread wireless and Bluetooth accessibility cars can tell you where to go, where to get gas, and where the best place to eat on your route might be. Now, thanks to experimentation and 140,000 miles of test-driving in California Google is creating a car that does the driving for you.
Photo Credit – Blogsdna
Over a million people are killed on U.S roads every year. If a combination of sensors, video cameras, and lasers can combine with technology to allow a car to access speed limits, traffic patterns, and road maps it appears the car as envisioned in decades of science fiction is finally possible.
A major question is if drivers will give up the thrill of the drive that has made so many other safer modes of transportation fail to be widely adopted. The widespread adoption of other technologies (like texting or watching television in cars) has made driving a more dangerous enterprise. In a world of the automatic driving car, people can be productive online or through texting or on the phone during their daily commute. If the car allows people to switch from manual to automatic pilot people might choose to let the car do the driving at times they are the most likely to be distracted or busy.
Financial Times – “Google Tests Self Driving Car”
Wall Street Journal – “Google’s Robot Cars: A Coming Out For Automated Vehicles“