A car without a driver used to be a stuff of dreams a while back, till the time Google surprised the world with the news that it is committed in developing the technology that would make this dream come true. People would actually see self driven cars without a steering wheel.
The whole concept of driver less cars was conceived by the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in 2010 to prevent road accident, shoulder the hassles of driving, transport the disabled and elderly, safer and of course reduce carbon emissions.
After tremendous hard work and multiple revisions to make the perfect technology for driver-less cars, Google has now made that dream a reality. These self-driving cars are now ready for roads and a few prototypes would be soon seen on the streets of California. The software used is the same one used in the existing fleet of self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs.
Nevada, Florida, California, and Michigan are the 4 US states that have passed laws allowing autonomous cars as of Dec 2013.
Appearance of the Smart vehicle
The car has a shiny black bowler hat to hide the sensors and appear very similar to a two seater car. It is smart enough to sense the road hazards, can drive and even stop without any human interference. Compared to the prototype introduced by Google in may 2014, this one’s worthier.
- No air bags or other essential safety features. So the speed of the car is kept limited to 25 miles per hour.
- This electric vehicle needs to be recharged after every 80 miles for smooth functionality.
- It can be seen only on the roads thoroughly mapped by Google.
- Unable to obey temporary traffic lights because of dependence on pre-mapped route.
- Cannot identify light debris and trash.
- Spotting potholes and appropriately reacting to discerns such as traffic personal stopping the car, with its LIDAR technology is difficult.
Google projects to fix these issues by 2020.
For more info, check Google Official Blog.