Google Develops Robot Cars – No Human Drivers Required
The ever-innovative Google takes us a step closer to a real-life Knight Rider. The company is developing – and has been testing it extensively – a technology that enables car to function autonomously with no human driver required.
According to Google, the testing has racked up about 140,000 miles so far. One blog post by the company described how the team has driven the cars to and from Google’s office in Santa Monica, which include a detour to Golden Gate bridge – among other places and streets.
Though the technology is still considered to be in the experimental stage, Google hopes that in the coming future, the robot cars can help reduce the number of lives lost to traffic accident. The World Health Organization, WHO, states that 1.2 million people perished in traffic accident every year; so Google would aim to half that number.
As Google plans to conduct more tests, regular drivers have no reason to worry about sharing the road with the robot cars. Google explains that they will always be manned; and should anything happen, the control can be taken over in an instant by a human driver. The local police will always be briefed as well about the test.
Now, you might ask why exactly are Google trying to develop a robot car. The answer is, quite frankly, because they can. Now where’s our flying car, again?