New Technology: Driverless Cars Getting Close To ProductionApril 11th, 2012 by Armaan Almeida
Sooner than you think, you will likely be able to walk onto a dealership floor and purchase a car that can literally drive itself. Sound like science fiction? There’s plenty of science at work here, but no fiction.
Using a combination of cameras, lasers, radar sensors, GPS and block-to-block mapping, and sophisticated processing power, commercially available self-driving cars may be ready for market as soon as 2020.
Watch closely as Google’s self-driving Prius not only moves on its own, but navigates public traffic and even a Taco Bell drive-thru, all with a blind man sitting in the driver’s seat. Google has logged more than 200,000 miles on California highways while real-world testing its fleet of autonomous Prii.
While turning over the wheel to a mix of cameras, sensors and computers is a scary prospect indeed, we can think of a few drivers who would be better off leaving it to the robots. The blind, otherwise disabled and elderly could know new freedom previously unavailable to them.
Would you entrust your life to a Google supercomputer? Will self-drivers one day be a minority? Oh brave new world…