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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Google testing driverless cars

Google has said this weekend that they have begun testing vehicles that do not need human drivers in an effort to improve road safety. 

The driverless vehicles have already traveled over 140,000 miles during testing. 

Each car navigates itself by maps and uses cameras, radar sensors and a laser range to gauge traffic, other vehicles and the environment. 

"Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use," adds Sebastian Thrun, a software engineer with Google. "While this project is very much in the experimental stage, it provides a glimpse of what transportation might look like in the future." 

Google made sure to note that each car had a human at the helm in the test, to ensure safety. 

Says CEO Eric Schmidt: "Your car should drive itself; it’s amazing to me that we let humans drive cars. It’s a bug that cars were invented before computers."

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