In a blog post yesterday, Google showed off it’s prototype self-driving car with no steering wheel or gas and brake pedals. While the design is comical and cutesy it’s the technology underneath that which makes this a very cool project and should be on every tech nuts radar.
Ever since we started the Google self-driving car project, we’ve been working toward the goal of vehicles that can shoulder the entire burden of driving. Just imagine: You can take a trip downtown at lunchtime without a 20-minute buffer to find parking. Seniors can keep their freedom even if they can’t keep their car keys. And drunk and distracted driving? History.
We’re now exploring what fully self-driving vehicles would look like by building some prototypes; they’ll be designed to operate safely and autonomously without requiring human intervention. They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them. Our software and sensors do all the work. The vehicles will be very basic—we want to learn from them and adapt them as quickly as possible—but they will take you where you want to go at the push of a button. And that’s an important step toward improving road safety and transforming mobility for millions of people
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This is a huge step for this kind of tech and a huge win for Google as a whole. The market of self-driving cars is still in its infancy but I’m a firm believer that sometime in the future, we will be utilizing this tech in everyday life. There’s technology hurdles to overcome with this kind of project but also infrastructure and user acceptance to overcome as well. On that note, what do you think of this latest development? Let us know on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Links to our social profiles are to the left of your screen.