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Larry and Sergey founded Google because they wanted to help solve really big problems using technology. And one of the big problems we’re working on today is car safety and efficiency. Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use.

So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves. 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.

Our automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which we collect using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. This is all made possible by Google’s data centers, which can process the enormous amounts of information gathered by our cars when mapping their terrain.


linky on googleblog

Finally, no need to take a $50 taxi home after a few drinks!

BL2U Taxi Industry.
Clownshoes
On a simliar subject, Volvo have some incredible technologies for crash prevention and automation too.

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PAT can detect pedestrians who walk into the path of an oncoming car and within 0.5 seconds assess if the pedestrian is in danger. It then warns the driver and automatically applies full braking power if the driver does not respond in time.


http://www.cnet.com.au/volvo-makes-it-s … 306039.htm
Spoon
Clownshoes wrote:
On a simliar subject, Volvo have some incredible technologies for crash prevention and automation too.

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PAT can detect pedestrians who walk into the path of an oncoming car and within 0.5 seconds assess if the pedestrian is in danger. It then warns the driver and automatically applies full braking power if the driver does not respond in time.


http://www.cnet.com.au/volvo-makes-it-s … 306039.htm


Does it check for cars behind you and the speed they're going?
Moradim
Shit balls I had an amazing idea for implementation of this sort of a technology in automotives but I don't have the means to approach it yet. Damn you google :( this is severely cool
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New article about this, but more the implications behind it: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/09/ho … our-roads/

It seems that self-driving vehicles will be with us quite soon. Google has been practising letting go of the wheel on its autonomous cars for some time now, Nissan has recently promised self-driving cars by 2020 and Cadillac’s “super-cruise” semi-automated driving system could be seen on production models within the decade.

I particularly liked this section:

Tourists will be able to set the controls for the Costa del Sol and tuck themselves in until they’re at the beach. All those lorry drivers criss-crossing the motorways of Europe and America will be put out of work and it won’t only be the metre in a taxi cab that is automatic. The police and ambulance services won’t have so much to do and the motel will become redundant. And workers will be able to work all the way on the commute to work. The autocar will also be more environmentally efficient than a human driver once it has been set to minimise the use of fuel.
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The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year.

It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time.

In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK's road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines.

It's happening! Just trials, but we're getting there!
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Spoon wrote:
That is indeed some good news, minority report here we come!

And I Robot.

And The 6th Day!
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