Driverless cars or autonomous cars are no longer a fantasy or a part of science fiction. The technology is already here!
Seven years ago, Google kick-started a project that can change the way the world travel. A project to develop cars that can self-drive. Google’s self-driving car project just completed a total of 2 million miles on the roads. Google has around 60 self-driving cars under tests in various parts of the world, jostling along with the normal vehicles. Considering the hours spent on the road, Google’s self-driving cars have 300 years of human driving experience under its belt.
Google has been conducting tests on modified Lexus RX 450h SUVs as well as a prototype they introduced in 2015. As per the reports, Google has already cracked the 90% of the problems within the first two years. Google is on its way to solving the last 10% problems associated with the project.
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The focus is on advanced driving skills like interpreting hand signals from fellow drivers (cyclists), recognize and negotiate thru construction zones, identify road diversions and identify and react to emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire engines. Google is building all possible scenarios that could be faced on the roads, like how the car will react when it encounters small animals or birds on the road.
It’s not only Google there are many other companies trying their hands on self-driving cars. Following are some of the major companies which have made considerable progress in developing driverless cars.
- Delphi Automotive
Each company’s approach is different, ranging from developing semi-autonomous to fully autonomous cars.
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Google plans to commercialize the self-driving technology by 2020. It is not that far, getting chauffeured around in a driverless car in India. Autonomous cars will definitely change the way people travel worldwide. The most interesting part about autonomous vehicles is that it combines the goodness of both public transport and a conventional car.