Google Are Making Cars That Drive Themselves

11 October 2010

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At the moment, Google is like an eccentric millionaire, throwing money at all manner of daft stuff. Remember the old days when Google was only fields and a search engine?

Now, Google has set its sights on the car industry as it turns out they've been testing a self-driving car around the streets and highways of California. Apparently, it has over 140,000 miles on the clock already.

It's reported that Google has been working with some dweebs from DARPA Challenges (an automated car contest set up by the US government) to develop cars that use cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder, along with Google's huge amount of street data to navigate its way about.

"Larry and Sergey founded Google because they wanted to help solve really big problems using technology", said Sebastian Thrun, software engineer at Google.

"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.

"We’ve always been optimistic about technology’s ability to advance society, which is why we have pushed so hard to improve the capabilities of self-driving cars beyond where they are today. While this project is very much in the experimental stage, it provides a glimpse of what transportation might look like in the future thanks to advanced computer science. And that future is very exciting".

While this is exciting, you can't help but wonder what could happen with these things. Google are full of decent ideas, but often, they can't help tinkering with them to the point of teeth-grinding irritation. It is one thing driving us mental with Google Instant, but it is another thing entirely driving us all to our deaths in some horrendous ball of flames.

TOPICS:   Technology   Motoring

7 comments

  • Mr M.
    When are ebay gonna get off their arse and start competing for a slice of the invisible driver car market
  • Nobby
    So how often will they update streetview? A few strategically placed bollards will stop the fuckers.
  • Andy D.
    streetview could be live...assuming a car was on the street in question...
  • akiss
    Horse Costume at the ready.
  • charlie
    Bugger they are the knight 2000 aka KITT wow go google! lol
  • Laurz
    @charlie - The Knight 2000? Wouldn't that be KTT? KITT is Knight Industries Two Thousand
  • Fuck S.
    Pfffffft BMW/Audi have had self driving cars for years, the drivers have very little input, except to gesticulate at the driver they have just dangerously cut-up. However their technology is still in it's infancy, the cars still overtake into oncoming vehicles and the indicators do not work.

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