But now it looks like they have taken technology to a new level with a car that runs on its own without any driver. Yes, you might have seen trains which run on a single track without any driver, but would you have every imagined that a car would be able to drive on it’s own without assistance on a road full of traffic? No, right and this statement from a recent Google blog post blew me away.
So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves.
Wait, what? You developed technology that allows cars to drive themselves. Are you kidding me? Well, no. This is what Google says about their automated car technology.
Our automated cars, manned by trained operators, just drove from our Mountain View campus to our Santa Monica office and on to Hollywood Boulevard. They’ve driven down Lombard Street, crossed the Golden Gate bridge, navigated the Pacific Coast Highway, and even made it all the way around Lake Tahoe. All in all, our self-driving cars have logged over 140,000 miles. We think this is a first in robotics research.
Woot, what, this has to be the biggest breakthrough in technology, a way to use robotic technology to drive cars. Google apparently use video cameras and laser range finder to see other traffic along with maps, which I bet is Google Maps to navigate the road and traffic of course.
Wow totally amazing and I am floored right now to write more about it, visit this Google Post to learn more. Also a big request to Google, can you please build technology that would do our laundry automatically now?
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