Before the self-cleaning car from Nissan that uses a special paint called the Ultra-Ever Dry paint that protects the car from the usual mud, dust and water marks, there was Google’s self-driving car, the car that, obviously, drives itself.
The recent updates regarding Google’s self-driving car say that the special car can now detect objects on city streets better than it used to. We’re talking about a cyclist or a parked car which the self-driving car can juggle them better than, let’s say, a human driver.
Google said that, “We’ve improved our software so it can detect hundreds of distinct objects simultaneously—pedestrians, buses, a stop sign held up by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making gestures that indicate a possible turn. A self-driving vehicle can pay attention to all of these things in a way that a human physically can’t—and it never gets tired or distracted.”
The search giant released a video of the Google self-driving car in which it shows the viewer what the car “sees” when it’s on the road, driving itself. The objects seen by the car produce red or green grids which signal the car when it’s safe to proceed. Although it might seem chaotic to a normal driver, Google says that these scenarios are “actually fairly predictable to a computer.”
Google has been working on their wonder automobile for some years now and supported the Californian legislation that allowed the new technology. In 2012, Jerry Brown, the California Gov. approved the law that established safety and performance standards for self-driving cars in their state, following Nevada’s similar legislation.
Google’s self-driving car is still in prototype mode and will probably stay like that for a while because it’s still being tested. Google said that “We still have lots of problems to solve, including teaching the car to drive more streets in Mountain View before we tackle another town, but thousands of situations on city streets that would have stumped us two years ago can now be navigated autonomously.”
Google’s Self-Driving Car Updates – we will see them on the road by 2035
According to a report from IHS Automotive, we will probably see semi-autonomous cars on the roads before 2025 and self-driving cars around 2035. The report also predicts that the number of self-driving vehicles will increase from about 230,000 in 2025 to an impressive 11 million by 2035.
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