Google’s Self Driving Car Project Proceeds to Achieve new Tricky Milestones

by on April 13th, 2013

Google is using advanced computer science to make driving experience safer and more enjoyable by putting it to autopilot. Fully automated cars used by Google are on the roads at any given time, and have completed more than 300,000 miles of testing. They’ve covered a wide range of traffic, environment and weather conditions, and Google claims that there hasn’t been a single accident under computer control. These automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to sense other traffic, as well as detailed maps. For this project, here is what they are trying to achieve further.

Google intends to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that driver may encounter. As a next step, members of the self-driving car team will start using the cars solo (rather than in pairs), for things like commuting to work. According to Google, this is an important milestone for them, as it will bring this technology one step closer to every commuter.

Google says that one day self-driving-car technology will enable people to be more productive in their cars. They say that Google members who are testing this technology will remain in the driver’s seats and will take back control if needed.

Google will be testing its algorithms for this technology on a new type of vehicle, they have added to the self-driving car family over the past few months to help refine this systems in different environments and on different terrain: the Lexus RX450h.