Google have announced that they are developing driverless cars, in a move that surely signals that they are making their move to become the one overarching super corporation, swallowing up everything in its wake before slowly plunging us into a war against warrior cyborgs. It’s going to happen, people.
However, up until that point Google seem content to merely ferry their driverless motors around the greater San Francisco area, apparently clocking up 140,000 miles in the process. But how do they work? Well, they use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to spot traffic, and use maps to navigate the road. So far they’ve had someone behind the wheel in case of any problems, and always have someone checking out the software too. But presumably they want to eventually not have to do that.
‘According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million lives are lost every year in road traffic accidents,’ said Sebastian Thrun, Distinguished Software Engineer. ‘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.’